CONDENSED SUMMARY OF THE INTERVENTION
WWW SOURCE CREDIBILITY EVALUATIVE CRITERIA
Prof. G. Jones, WCU
Ø Can you truncate back to basic domain?
Ø Active links out to independent support for information presented?
Ø Who links TO this site? (link-in-to -- In Google, search, link:http://url.url )
Ø Identifiable author? (Credentials? “About Us” “Google” the author?)
Ø If an organization, credentials of others given?
Ø Contact information? (street address, email)
Ø Independent verification of information via trusted sources?
ACCURACY / RELIABILITY:
Ø Reviewed? (Part of an edited or peer-reviewed publication?)
Ø Verifiable? (Can factual information be verified through footnotes or bibliographies to other credible sources?)
Ø Documented sources? (Scholarly journals or otherwise reliable sources? Hyperlinked “webliography” of cited sources?)
Ø Fit with existing knowledge? (Based on what you already know about the subject, or have checked from other sources)
Ø Responsibility? (Is it clear who has the responsibility for the accuracy of the information presented?)
Ø Endorsements? (Does an institution or internet provider support or endorse the information?)
Ø Data? (Is statistical data labeled clearly; source provided?)
OBJECTIVITY / PURPOSE:
Ø Ironic or satirical? Parody?
Ø bias? (due to author’s or organization’s affiliation or subtle purpose)
Ø Read the fine print (“About us…” etc.)
Ø Minimal (or no) promotional material
Ø If an organization, mission/membership stated?
Ø If controversial subject, both sides represented?
Ø Publication, web page or parent site directed towards a particular audience?
Ø Inflammatory or provocative language?
Ø Sufficient evidence for conclusions drawn?
Ø You must also use your general knowledge and critical thinking ability here…
Ø Most recent update of page?
Ø If article, date of article (as distinct from page)?
Ø Links still active?
Ø Do the links point to current information?
Ø Dates of external link checks noted?
Ø Broad perspective or viewpoint of the topic
Ø Links to appropriate array of related internal and external documents
DESIGN & LAYOUT
Ø Is the site searchable? (internal search engine)
Ø Usefulness of information?
Ø Overall site design? (layout, typography, images, consistency, appropriate balance of graphics to text)
Ø Error-free? (grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, etc.)
Ø Load time (appropriate amount of graphics and multimedia)
Disclaimer? Privacy statement? Consideration of users with disabilities?
EASE OF USE / NAVIGABILITY
Ø Ease of Use (User-friendly with effective interface?)
Ø Navigable, with clear paths?
Ø Well organized? (e.g., is there a site map?)