Using the Web


Step 5

Evaluating a Web Site

To evaluate whether the information on the site will be accurate and unbiased, ask yourself these questions:
  • Who created the site? Institutions such as government agencies and museums often provide more accurate and objective information than individuals do. If the author is an individual, can you tell whether that person is an expert in the field or just someone interested in the topic? One way to find out may be to see what else, if anything, the author has written.

  • What is the purpose of the site? Is it designed to educate, to entertain, or to sell something? If the site is designed to promote a product or a specific point of view, the information on it may be biased or incomplete.

  • Can you find the same information on any other sites? Just as you should use more than one book when doing research, you should check facts from the Web by looking at more than one site.

After you have evaluated the information and decided that it is useful and accurate, you may want to print some of the Web pages to help you take notes. If you think you might return to a site later, you can "bookmark" it, or add it to a list of favorite sites so that it is easy to find later.


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