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EDU 321: Instructional Technology for Educators: Evaluating Internet Resources

This guide serves as a resource to help students in EDU 321 complete their research projects and assignments.

Evaluating Internet Resources

How To Evaluate Internet Resources

Further Information on Evaluating Internet Resources

There is no review process or regulation for materials on the Internet, like there is for books or articles published in journals.  So before you use an Internet source in a research project, you will need to judge for yourself the quality of the material that is presented. Consider these questions:

Accuracy Does the information presented seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?
Authority Who is the author? What expertise does he or she have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Can you tell if it's a university or college, a business, an organization, or an individual?
Objectivity What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased? What kind of sites does this one link to? Are there advertisements?
Currency When was the page created? Does it include 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?
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