By the end of this module, you should be able to:
There are seven criteria for evaluating a resource: audience, purpose, accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage. All seven criteria apply to information in any format. We will examine these criteria for both print and Internet resources.
Critical Evaluation of Print Resources
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you consider each of the criteria.
Effective World Wide Web Searching
The web is the primary source of content on the Internet, which is a vast network of networks, supporting several different functions. There are several types of web search engines. Some search engines are directories of web sites, like Yahoo!, with links to web sites grouped by topic. Other search engines, like Google, index and perform actual searches of web sites.
Here are some tips for building effective web searches:
Critical Evaluation of Internet Resources
Anyone can publish anything on the web, so it is important that you are able to critically evaluate Internet resoruces. Using the same criteria mentioned above, here are some questions to consider as you apply these criteria to Internet resources.
The same evaluation criteria can be applied to both print and Internet resources. Ask yourself the questions above to determine if the source is valid for your research. If you are ever unsure about a source you have located, consult with a librarian or your professor.