Distance Learning Library Services


Beyond Google

Evaluating Internet Sources


AUTHORITY Arrow icon Is it clear who sponsors the creation and maintenance of the page?
   Arrow icon Is there information describing the sponsor (its purpose, address, telephone number, etc.)
   Arrow icon Is it clear who developed and wrote the material? Is the author's professional or institutional affiliation given?
   Arrow icon Is the information from a reputable university, library, organization or government agency?
   Arrow icon If the information is found on a commercial site, can you be fairly sure it is factual?


OBJECTIVITY  Arrow icon Does the author or sponsor of the site have a vested or commercial interest in the topic? Does the information seem biased?
   Arrow icon Is the information factual or opinion? If the information is opinionated, is that made clear?
   Arrow icon Is the information provided as a public service?
   Arrow icon Is there advertising on the page?
   Arrow icon If there is advertising, is it clearly separated from the informational content?


RELIABILITY  Arrow icon Is there a creation and/or revision date?
   Arrow icon Is there an e-mail address to contact the author or sponsor?
   Arrow icon Are there links back to the main page? Links to other pages within the site? Links to outside sites? Are most links in working order?


CAUTIONS  Arrow icon Be sure to copy the document's URL, the last revision date, and the date you found the document.
   Arrow icon You might want to print or save a copy (not just a bookmark) in case your professor wants some proof it existed if s/he can't find it again.



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