Evaluating Internet Resources
Unlike similar information found in newspapers or television broadcasts, information available on the Internet is not regulated for quality or accuracy; therefore, it is particularly important for the individual Internet user to evaluate the resource or information. Keep in mind that almost anyone can publish anything they wish on the Web. It is often difficult to determine authorship of Web sources, and even if the author is listed, he or she may not always represent him or herself honestly, or he or she may represent opinions as fact. The responsibility is on the user to evaluate resources effectively. Ask yourself these questions before using resources from the World Wide Web:
Note: To find relevant information about the author, check personal homepages on the Web, campus directory entries and information retrieved through search engines. Also check print sources in the Library Reference area; Who's Who in America, Biography Index, and other biographical sources can be used to determine the author's credentials.
Knowing the motive behind the page's creation can help you judge its content.
Reliability and Credibility
What kind of impact does a piece have? What are the core texts that influence and shape the scholarly conversation? Has a work been heavily cited or influenced streams of thought?
These questions need to be considered when preparing a review essay, as they can help you critically assesses the major contributors to a field, subfield, or question.
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