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- Evaluating Information Found on the Internet
(The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University). This guide is an excellent resource. It includes a list of items to consider when evaluating an Internet site, an explanation of how to distinguish propaganda and misinformation from legitimate information, and "practical" steps in evaluating Internet resources.
- Evaluate Web Pages
(Jan Alexander and Marsha Tate - Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University). A short online tutorial on evaluating web pages for authority, accuracy, currency, and objectivity is provided (Note: Use the Firefox browser to view this video). Tips on how to recognize different types of web pages--including an advocacy page, a business/marketing page, a news page, an information page, and a personal page--and criteria to consider when evaluating those web pages, are also provided.
- Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
(University of California-Berkeley Library). A thorough, yet clear explanation of things to look for when evaluating a web page and why evaluation is important.
- Learn to Find, Access, and Manage Information: Evaluate Sources
(University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries). Information on evaluating sources, including books, articles, and web sites. See especially the section titled Judging Reliability and Relevance.
- Understanding and Decoding URLs
(The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University). The different parts of a web site's Uniform Resource Locator, or URL, are broken down and explained.