Business and Technical College Assessing Internet Resources Assessment

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Assessing Non-Academic Internet Research The following is a guideline for evaluating online resources which are not designated as “scholarly” articles or research. If you can answer most of the following questions in the affirmative when reviewing a non-academic website, you may avoid many errors and issues. You will also gain confidence in your ability to recognize a ”quality” or credible website. Authority 1. Who is the author? 2. Is the author’s name given? 3. Are the author’s qualifications specified? 4. Is there a link to information about the author and the author’s position? 5. Is there a way to contact the author? 6. Have you heard of this author elsewhere? 7. Has the author written elsewhere on this topic? Affiliation 1. Who is the sponsor of the Web site? 2. Is the author affiliated with a reputable institution or organization? 3. Does the information reflect the views of the organization, or only of the author? If the sponsoring institution or organization is not clearly identified on the site, check the URL. It may contain the name of a university or the extension .edu, which is used by many educational institutions. Government sites are identified by the extension .gov. URLs containing .org are trickier and require research: these are sites sponsored by non-profit organizations, some of which are reliable sources and some of which are very biased. Sites with the .com extension should also

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