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IDS 101 - Burke - Fall 2012 - Shakespeare: Internet/Web

Evaluating Open Web Resources

When you plan to use information from the Internet for academic purposes, you should consider the following criteria and ask yourself the corresponding questions:

 

Accuracy

  •   Is the information presented accurate?   
  •   Are the facts verifiable from other sources? 
  •   Is the information presented clearly, with few mechanical and grammatical errors?

Authority

  •   Who is the author of the document?
  •   Is the author the original creator of the information?
  •   Is the author an expert on the topic or a professional in the field?

Objectivity

  •   Does the material inform, explain, or persuade?
  •   Does the author have a bias?
  •  Is the author affiliated with particular organizations, institutions, or associations?  Does the organization supporting the site have a particular point of view?
  • Is the information presented fact or opinion?

Currency

  • On what date was the page created?
  • Do you need more current information?
  • Do links on the site still connect to their destinations?

Use

  • Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?
  • Is the type of material appropriate for the assignment?
  • Does the source include a bibliography or citations that can be used for comparing or verifying information?

Open Web Resources

 Fun resources from the Open Web.

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000