Library book sources vs. Internet sources
The book collection at Ross High School was chosen by a library media
specialist and teachers to support the curriculum at our school and
students can have confidence in the credibility and usefulness of this
In contrast, it is difficult to judge the usefulness of information on
the Internet. Information on the Internet may be biased/opinionated,
out-of-date, or inaccurate. It is up to you to determine what
information will best suit your research needs.
University of California Berkeley's "Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial" provides techniques to evaluate Web pages.
These three sources offer advise in judging information.
In Writers INC, (Sebranek, Kemper and Meyer 349)
suggest, "keep the following five points in mind when you evaluate the
usefulness of a Net source: Is the information (1) reasonable, (2)
reliable, (3) accurate, (4) current, and (5) complete?"
MLA Made Easy, Heath advises researchers to:
- know and understand the differences in URL extensions, such as .com, .gov., .edu., .org
- distinguish between fact and opinion
- determine the author's credentials
- look for currency and use Web sites with up-to-date information
- determine accuracy of information (29).
In MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Seventh Edition researchers are advised to:
Please view attachment below for a Web page evaluation form
- Determine the author and his/her credentials to write about the topic
- Compare the information with your other research findings
- Look to see if the author cites his/her sources
- Use current sources
- Determine the sponsoring organization of the site (38).