Evaluating Webpages: How You Can Find Treasures Among the Junk
Why should I take the time to evaluate information I find on the Web?
Because you can’t be sure anyone else is doing it for you! The Web is great because so many different people can contribute information. Some of the information that is found is very useful for your research papers because it is accurate, current, objective. Other information that can be found on the web is based on the person who is maintaining the webpages opinion. You must be able to recognize the difference and sift out the useful material in order to have a more accurate research paper.
|How can I do that?
You need to remember these criteria Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose (CRAAP Test):
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
Check the URL:
.gov is for a government agency. These sites have quality control.
.edu is for an educational institution These sites are usually reliable, although educational sites may include personal pages of varying quality.
.org is for non-profit organizations as well as commercial sites. With these sites, consider purpose.
.net is for networks. These sites can be about anything. Look to other information to help you evaluate them.
.com means a commercial site. Consider the purpose of the site.
~ means a personal page. The person could be an expert but maybe not. Try to get more information about the creator of the page.
From OWLS, The Library, Humboldt State University & Meriam Library, CSU, Chico