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Quiz 4:  Evaluating Internet Information

  1. Why do you need to be critical about information on the Internet?
  2. Explain the concept of authority in relation to evaluating Internet resources.
  3. What is the importance of currency in relation to Web site verification?
  4. What is the purpose of the Web site that you are evaluating?
  5. How do you evaluate the content of a Web site?
  6. Talk about the uniqueness in relation to Web sites.

 Answers

  1. Not everything on the Internet contains credible information.  Many Web sites are not edited or created by people who are not official sources on the information they are presenting. One thus has to evaluate all information found on the Word Wide Web.
  2. This refers to the author of the site.  Who is it?  Is this person or organization a reputable source on the subject covered?  Are the sources of the information stated?
  3. How frequently are the resources updated?  Does the organization or person hosting the resource have an ongoing commitment to maintaining and updating the Web site?  If a site has not been updated in a while you should probably forget about it.
  4. Is the purpose of the site clearly stated?  Does the site fulfill what it says it is going to do? 
  5. Is the information factual or opinion?  Is the resource integral or has it been abstracted from another source.  Is there information, or just a list of links to other sites?
  6. Is the information here available in other forms (other sites, print)?  What advantage does this resource have over the others?    If the resource is derived from another format, print for example, does it have all the features provided by the original? 

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