Your assignment grade depends on the quality of information that you use:
Evaluation ensures that you can use the information you find. It also ensures that:
Sounds like more work…?
No it isn’t! Evaluation of information can become second nature to you if you bear the following five key points in mind when looking at information in a web page.
Is it clear to you at a glance:
TIP: Look for an “about” or “who we are” button to find out more about the author(s).
TIP: Using Google’s advanced search function to discover which websites link to this website can often be a useful indicator of the accuracy of the information found there.
Is the purpose of the website to:
TIP: The letters at the end of a web address, or URL, will give you a clue as to the kind of site it is, e.g. .com = commercial, .edu or .ac.uk = educational.
TIP: Compare to other sites on the same topic to assess the quality of the coverage.
TIP: Read the website for references to recent dates which shows that the content is up to date.