With hundreds of millions of documents on the Internet, there's plenty of information to choose from. But when doing research on the web, be sure and look at your results more carefully! Remember that the information on the web is not subject to the same standards as a published book or magazine article. Almost anyone can put almost anything on the web. Web documents are not necessarily reviewed, edited, or even proof read. Some web pages are written by experts, but others are written by those with little or no knowledge on the subject.
Does the Web page you found ROCC?
Use the criteria Reliability Objective Creator Currency to evaluate the sources you find on the Web.
The site is well written without spelling or grammatical errors. The document's content is comprehensive and the facts stated agree with the other information you have found. There is a bibliography of reputable sources.
Is the information on this site balanced or biased? >> F.A.I.R.
How comprehensive is this source? >> Violent Video Games: Myths, Facts, and Unanswered Questions
Would you get more comprehensive information using this source in a paper or consulting the research studies referenced in this science brief?
The document's purpose is clearly stated. Arguments and assumptions are logical and well-supported. The presentation of the material is objective and any bias plainly stated. Other viewpoints are acknowledged. The language is not emotionally charged.
Does this organization have a reason to try to convince readers of its point of view?
An authoritative source lists the author's name along with his or her credentials and background. An organization affiliated with the site is reputable. Contact information, such as address, phone number or email address, is given for the author or organization. The site is well designed and easy to navigate.
Is the creator of this site an authority on the topic? >> The Origin of AIDS
Check the "About Us" page on this site: The Institute for Historical Review
Now Google the sponsoring organization. What do others have to say about the IHR?
There should be a date and it should indicate what the date actually means, i.e. is it the date the information was originally written, first posted to the web, or last revised. The links should be current.
Is this source current enough for the topic? >> ReCAPP