Let's face it - most of us use the internet to answer most of our reference questions. But how do we know we're getting the best and correct answer? First, we're going to do an exercise to get our brains to wake up. Use the information in this column to see what you should be looking for and considering
Please visit websites below and evaluate the sites. Save a Word document with your evaluations and email it to email@example.com.
Criteria for Evaluating Websites
Accuracy of Web Documents
Authority of Web Documents
Objectivity of Web Documents
Currency of Web Documents
Coverage of the Web Documents
Putting it all together
Accuracy. If your page lists the author and institution that published the page and provides a way of contracting him/her AND...
Authority. If your page lists the author credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu, .gov., org. or .net. AND...
Objectivity. if your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objectibe in presenting the information, AND...
Currency. If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date, AND...
Coverage. If you can view the information properly -- not limited to fees, browser technology or software requirement, THEN
You may have a webpage that could be of value to your research!!
From Olin & Uris Libraries at Cornell University.
After reading the information for this Thing, please respond to this question with an answer that is at least 2 paragraphs. Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explain the benefits and disadvantages of using Wikipedia as a source for research.