Internet Searching

Purpose

  • What is the basic purpose of the web site? Is the purpose stated?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the web site designed to inform, explain, persuade, sell, entertain?

Authority

  • Who is the author?
  • What are the author's education, credentials, occupation, affiliations, other publications? Are these qualifications relevant to the information presented?
  • Who is the host? Is the host an educational institution (.edu), a non-profit organization (.org), a company (.com), the government (.gov), the military (.mil), or other?
  • Does the author's affiliation with an institution bias the contents of the resource?
  • Is the resource peer reviewed or edited? If so, by whom?
  • Is the site stable? Has it been there for a while and does it look like it's going to stay?

Scope

  • Is the topic covered comprehensively or selectively?
  • Is coverage regional, national, or international?
  • Is coverage recent or historical?
  • Is coverage up-to-date?

Accuracy

  • Is the information presented factual? Have you noticed any errors?
  • Has the information been altered from its original?
  • Does the author apply logic?
  • Does the author use inductive, deductive, or abductive reasoning?
  • Is the information supported with evidence? Are relevant and useful links provided?

Presentation

  • Is the writing clear?
  • Is the page well organized and easy to navigate?