Destiny - School Online Search via Catalog and Databases
Web Site Evaluation
Authority. Who says? Know the author.
* Who created this information and why?
* Do you recognize this author or their work?
* What knowledge or skills do they have in the area?
* Is he or she stating fact or opinion?
* What else has this author written?
* Does the author acknowledge other viewpoints and theories?
Objectivity. Is the information biased? Think about perspective.
* Is the information objective or subjective?
* Is it full of fact or opinion?
* Does it reflect bias? How?
* How does the sponsorship impact the perspective of the information?
* Are a balance of perspectives represented?
* Could the information be meant as humorous, a parody, or satire?
Authenticity. Is the information authentic? Know the source.
* Where does the information originate?
* Is the information from an established organization?
* Has the information been reviewed by others to insure accuracy?
* Is this a primary source or secondary source of information?
* Are original sources clear and documented?
* Is a bibliography provided citing the sources used?
Reliability. Is this information accurate? Consider the origin of the information.
* Are the sources truth worthy? How do you know?
* Who is sponsoring this publication?
* Does the information come from a school, business, or company site?
* What's the purpose of the information resource: to inform, instruct, persuade, sell? Does this matter?
* What's their motive?
Timeliness. Is the information current? Consider the currency and timeliness of the information.
* Does the page provide information about timeliness such as specific dates of information?
* Does currency of information matter with your particular topic?
* How current are the sources or links?
Relevance. Is the information helpful? Think about whether you need this information.
* Does the information contain the breadth and depth needed?
* Is the information written in a form that is useable (i.e. reading level, technical level)?
* Is the information in a form that is useful such as words, pictures, charts, sounds, or video?
* Do the facts contribute something new or add to your knowledge of the subject?
* Will this information be useful to your project?
Efficiency. Is this information worth the effort? Think about the organization and speed of information access.
* Is the information well-organized including a table of contents, index, menu, and other easy-to-follow tools for navigation?
* Is the information presented in a way that is easy to use (i.e., fonts, graphics, headings)?
* Is the information quick to access?
Sited from http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic32.htm