Validating internet resources

11-Oct-2019 10:06 by 9 Comments

Validating internet resources

The marketplace forces publishers to be selective as well.

Use the questions in this guide to analyze materials and to assess how appropriate they will be for your research.

For each criteria, there are several questions to be asked.

Is there a link to a page describing the goals or purpose of the sponsoring organization or company?

For example, my research on territorial claims has led me to web sites claiming to give an impartial, objective description of the history and relative merits of two countries' competing claims to the same piece of territory --but which in actuality are thinly disguised propaganda pieces attempting to support the writer's country while rejecting the other country's claim.

For example, what the author simply calls the Eritrea-Ethiopia Conflict Webpage turns out to be heavily slanted in favor of Ethiopia (even going so far as using picture captions such as "It is not for a lack of criminal intent, but rather thanks to the incompetence of the Eritrean Air Force that Simret is still alive today").

Because of the hodge-podge of information on the Internet, it is very important you develop evaluation skills to assist you in identifying quality Web pages.

There are six (6) criteria that should be applied when evaluating any Web site: authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, coverage, and appearance.

The current combined page features new categories and examples and is maintained by Ursula Ellis and Shawnna Parlongo Anyone with an internet connection has the potential to publish and distribute information - it's up to you to assess whether or not the materials you find have been written by an authority on the subject. If you cannot find an author or an organization connected to a source, be very suspicious.

If no one wants to stand behind the work, why should you believe what is written there?

Be especially wary of sites in which the author or sponsoring organization is not clearly stated.

Note, the sponsor of a site is often responsible for the content.

The Internet offers near-instant access to a variety of information that you might find helpful in your research.