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SPC 1608 (Pierre): Internet Sources

This guide is designed to assist students in Professor Pierre's SPC 1608 class at Osceola campus.

Evaluating Websites

Evaluation Criteria (ABCs) for Choosing an Appropriate Website

  • Authority (author, editor, and publisher)
    • Is the author an expert in the field?
    • What work or educational experiences does the author have?
    • With which institution, organization or company is the author affiliated?
    • What other information can you find out about the author?
    • Where is the document published? Check the URL domain.
      • Ex: .gov, .edu, .org, .com

  • Bias
    • What is the purpose of the website?
      • Inform, entertain, persuade or sell a product
      • Is information presented objectively or does it have a bias?
        • If it has a bias (a specific political or philosophical view), does that lessen its usefulness to you?
  • Currency
    • When was the website published?
    • When was the website last updated?
      • How many dead links are on the page?
    • Is the information new or is it outdated?
    • Does your topic value older material as well as current?
  • Content
    • Does the author use citations, references, or a bibliography to verify their information?
    • Has the information been reviewed?
    • Is the information free of spelling and grammatical errors?
    • Is there a way to contact the author (email, address or phone number)?
  • Coverage
    • Based on your topic, is the material too basic, technical, or clinical?
    • Does the website cover what you expected? Does it relate to the topic?
    • Are all important pieces of the subject covered or have significant pieces been left out?
    • What audience is the website directed towards?
      • General, scholarly, or professional

Consider the Source

Statistical Web Sites

The following web sites are predominantly run by the US government and may be the best way to find very specific statistics on some of your topics.