a Web Site
of the factors
that we have considered so far (authority of information,
perspective, currency) are also important
when evaluating Web sites.
evaluating Web sites, there are some additional
factors to consider:
or group responsible for the information named?
Is information about the author given?
is sponsoring the site and why?
Does the sponsoring body have a perspective
that might lead to bias?
the sponsoring body a government
or inter-governmental organization (like
the United Nations)? If so, the information
is probably credible.
the site provide information about when
the content was last updated?
Are the updates regular?
old information archived
or does it just disappear?
If it disappears, hesitate before using it in
an academic setting because one of the main
assumptions of academic writing is that all
information is verifiable.
there some sort of review
process for determining which
content gets added to the site? Are there experts
that act as editors? You can often find this
information under an "About" section
of the Web site.
stable is the site?
Is it maintained by an individual (unstable)
or is it an official site of a stable organization
(like Amnesty International)? Unless the site
seems stable, hesitate about using it in an
anyone can publish
anything on the Internet. There
are no quality controls.
Be very suspicious of any site that does not give
you much information about its purpose or the