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HIS 150: First Year Seminar: Evaluating Sources

Website Evaluation Activity

Evaluating Web Sources

Anyone can put up a web page, so it's important to view web sites with a critical eye. Keep these criteria in mind when using the web.

1. Accuracy:
Who wrote the page and why?

2. Authority:
Is the author a credible source? What are their qualifications?

3. Objectivity:
Is there an opinion expressed? What is the goal of the page?

4. Currency:
When was it last updated? Are there broken links?

5. Coverage:
Does the page cite its sources? Is the information comprehensive?

The domain can provide more information on the site:

.edu = educational institution
.gov = US government site
.org = organization or association
.com = commercial site
.museum = museum
.net = personal or other site

Subject Librarian

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Daniel Holden
Contact:
Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian
Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library
Room 178
Saint Joseph's University
610-660-1984