Resource Evaluation

Authority

Who is the author? What are the author's credentials? Does the author have expertise in the area? Is the author associated with a reputable organization?

Bias

Is the information balanced? Is it more opinion than fact? Is the page a presentation of facts or designed to sway opinion? Is a product, service, or idea being sold?

Currency

When was the page last updated? Are any links dead? Is the information consistent with your knowledge in the subject?

Documentation

Is information documented with references? Are the facts given supported with evidence? If statistics are provided, what is the source? Is the page free of spelling mistakes or other obvious mistakes?


“Library Research Help: Evaluating Websites.” LibGuides, Keith Leftwich Memorial Library, OK City Community College, 28 Nov. 2017, libguides.occc.edu/research/website.

Other Website Evaluation methods and sites:

Fact Checking Resources

Check news, facts and other online information using these excellent resources:

"FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania."

How can you tell if a source is credible?

Snopes.com is routinely included in annual “Best of the Web” lists and has been the recipient of two Webby awards.

A list of fact-checking websites.

Fake News

"Fake news" refers to false information which is spread with the deliberate attempt to mislead, especially for financial or political gain.

Example of Misleading News

This "news" story relies on a photoshopped image, which was debunked by Snopes.com. For more information about spotting manipulated images, click here.


“Library Home: Fake News: What Is Fake News?” What Is Fake News? - Fake News - Library Home at Colby-Sawyer College, Colby-Sawyer College, 19 Dec. 2017, library.colby-sawyer.edu/fakenews.