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Using the Internet
- Is it clear who is responsible for the Web page? Who is the owner/publisher?
- Is it clear who wrote the material? Are their credentials clearly stated? Do they have authority in the field?
- If the material is copyrighted, is the name of the copyright holder given?
- Look at the web address - the domain may help determine authority:
- Are the sources for any factual information clearly listed so that verification is possible?
- Is the information clear of blatant grammatical, spelling and/or other typographical errors?
- If there are graphs or charts, are they clearly labeled? Is source information given?
- What is the purpose of providing the information? Public service, profit, or persuasion?
- Is there a financial or economic value to the site?
- Is the site designed to promote a particular idea or point of view?
- Is the site designed to educate?
- Is the information free of advertising?
- If there is advertising is it clearly differentiated from the informational content?
- Are there dates on the page indicating when it was written or last revised?
- Are there indications that the material is kept current?
- Is all the information you need available to you? Is the site password protected?
(These criteria based on checklists in the book Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web by Jan Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate)
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Evaluating Web Pages (UC Berkeley)
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