CONDENSED SUMMARY OF THE INTERVENTION

WWW SOURCE CREDIBILITY EVALUATIVE CRITERIA

Prof. G. Jones, WCU

 

AUTHORITY:

       Can you truncate back to basic domain?

       Sponsor or publisher? (Note domain name check: http://www.allwhois.com/ , http://www.whois.org)

       Active links out to independent support for information presented?

       Who links TO this site? (link-in-to -- In Google, search, link:http://url.url )

       Identifiable author? (Credentials? About Us Google the author?)

       If an organization, credentials of others given?

       Contact information? (street address, email)

       Independent verification of information via trusted sources?

 

ACCURACY / RELIABILITY:

       Reviewed? (Part of an edited or peer-reviewed publication?)

       Verifiable? (Can factual information be verified through footnotes or bibliographies to other credible sources?)

       Documented sources? (Scholarly journals or otherwise reliable sources? Hyperlinked webliography of cited sources?)

       Fit with existing knowledge? (Based on what you already know about the subject, or have checked from other sources)

       Responsibility? (Is it clear who has the responsibility for the accuracy of the information presented?)

       Endorsements? (Does an institution or internet provider support or endorse the information?)

       Data? (Is statistical data labeled clearly; source provided?)

       What do recognized directories say? (http://about.com, http://infomine.ucr.edu, http://lii.org)

 

OBJECTIVITY / PURPOSE:

       Ironic or satirical? Parody?

       bias? (due to authors or organizations affiliation or subtle purpose)

       Read the fine print (About us etc.)

       Minimal (or no) promotional material

       If an organization, mission/membership stated?

       If controversial subject, both sides represented?

       Publication, web page or parent site directed towards a particular audience?

       Inflammatory or provocative language?

       Sufficient evidence for conclusions drawn?

       You must also use your general knowledge and critical thinking ability here

 

CURRENCY:

       Most recent update of page?

       If article, date of article (as distinct from page)?

       Links still active?

       Do the links point to current information?

       Dates of external link checks noted?

 

COMPREHENSIVENESS

       Broad perspective or viewpoint of the topic

       Links to appropriate array of related internal and external documents

 

DESIGN & LAYOUT

       Is the site searchable? (internal search engine)

       Usefulness of information?

       Overall site design? (layout, typography, images, consistency, appropriate balance of graphics to text)

       Error-free? (grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, etc.)

       Load time (appropriate amount of graphics and multimedia)

Disclaimer? Privacy statement? Consideration of users with disabilities?

 

EASE OF USE / NAVIGABILITY

       Ease of Use (User-friendly with effective interface?)

       Navigable, with clear paths?

       Well organized? (e.g., is there a site map?)