the web is a self-publishing medium, anyone can and does publish on the
web. Consequently, it's imperative to evaluate the information that you
find on the web for authority, currency and relevancy. Remember that academic
research assignments require an authoritative bibliography. Learn the
criteria for evaluating web sites and how to apply evaluation techniques
to books and periodicals, too.
Five Criteria for Evaluating
how to evaluate web sites by determining
their authority, relevancy and currency
Unlike scholarly print periodicals and books, where the information is
subjected to a process of review, anyone can publish on the web. Many
web sites are also designed for commercial purposes and, consequently,
are designed to influence!
the important differences between the various types of periodicals. Do
you need to use popular
magazines and/or scholarly
periodicals? They each serve different purposes
and are written for specific audiences.
Ulrich's Periodical Directory
to help determine if a periodical is "peer reviewed or refereed".
Oftentimes, research articles must be reviewed by a "jury" of experts
or scholars before they're published. This process is known as "peer-reviewed"
are important differences between the various types of periodicals. Learn
how to evaluate periodicals by looking at their format, intended audience,
and if possible, their physical appearance.
Learn how to evaluate books by using book
reviews to gather
critical and other valuable information. Look at these additional points
books from the Purdue University Library.
Books In The Oakton Library
Call Number: REF Z6941 K2 (DP & RHC)
A Prentice Hall Guide to Evaluating Online
Call Number: PE1408.B76 (DP)
Web of Deception: Misinformation on The Internet
Call Number: ZA4201.W43 (DP)
Web Wisdom: How To Evaluate and Create Information
Quality on the Web
Call Number: TK5105.888.A376 1999 (DP)
Use an online periodical index such as Academic
Search FullTEXT Premier
to search for articles relating to the importance of evaluating information.
Evaluating the authority, usefulness
and reliability of the information you find is a crucial and important
step in the research process. Learn the criteria for critically analyzing
web sites, periodicals and books for your college level research and you'll
also develop your information literacy skills. It's imperative in this
age of information over-load!
To Critically Analyze Information Sources lists some of the critical
questions to ask when considering the appropriateness of a book, periodical
article, media resource or an online version of any of these.