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Evaluating Multiple Types of Sources
* resources from Colorado State University Libraries
Is Everything on the Internet????
Web Evaluation Basics
There are several similar ways to remember the criteria for evaluating websites. Click on the Title of each for more explanation and a PDF handout.
( CRAAP Cal State Universiy-Chico)
( 5 Questions Univ. of California, Berkeley
Click here for a . checklist
What can the URL tell you? (domain, publisher)
Answer these questions- scan perimeter of page (about us, philosophy, background, biography, currency, credentials, etc.) Look for
indicators of quality information (links, documentation/footnotes, credibility)
What do others say? (linking pages, listed in a reputable directory, what others say about the author)
Does it all add up? (why was page put on web, purpose, is this as reliable as resource as you would find in a library?)
Website Evaluation and Search Engine Blogs
Greg Notess is a librarian and speaker about web searching, and published a book about this in 2006.
These blogs contain updated information about website evaluation and search engines.
Articles on Search Engines