It is very important to carefully evaluate sources on the internet. Ebscohost, NOvaNet, Electric Library, and SIRS all contain information that is reliable; however, some websites may not. Complete the evaluation below for each site from the internet you include.
1. Can you determine the authorship? (Go to the home page to check.) If not, the source is suspicious.
1. Is the author of the site knowledgeable and credible?
2. Does the site offer links to the authorís home page, resume, or email?
3. List qualifications of the author.
1. Does anyone sponsor the site?
2. A sites domain name gives clues as to the type of group hosting the site:
Example: commercial (com), educational (edu), government (gov). What is the domain name for the site?
Audience and Purpose:
1. Who is the intended audience of the site?
2. Why is the information posted on the site? To persuade? To sell a product?
1. Can you check out the links for the site to confirm its authority?
Quality of Presentation:
1. Examine the site.
2. Does it have spelling errors?
3. Is it easy to read?
4. Is the material current/