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Evaluating Information

Reality CheckThe A.S.P.E.C.Ts works for web sites, too. See an example in part 3.

You've seen examples of evaluating the Authority, Sources, Purpose, Evenness, Coverage and Timeliness of books and e-books, and articles in scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.

In reality, when evaluating the materials that have gone through a review process, you may need to check only two or three A.S.P.E.C.T criteria to verify that the source is worthy and useful to you.

Web Sites are a different matter. No matter how tempting, no matter how great a site looks, no matter who you think wrote information, don't be tempted to take shortcuts. Evaluating web sites may be the most critical skill you can learn as you research.
Part 3, Evaluating Web Sites >>