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Evaluating Information Online
Finding information on the internet is easy, but finding good quality and reliable information is trickier than you think. Before you use any web resource in your assignment ask yourself “Is the web page as good as information you would find in a book or academic journal?”
Check that the information is reliable and accurate.
- Who wrote the information? Do they have relevant qualifications? Have they written other material on the subject? Do they have a bias?
- When was the information published? Is it current enough for your needs?
- Why was the information put on the web? Is it selling or promoting something? Is it biased?
If an article is available in print format cite it as a printed article even if you have read it online.
If the article is only available online, include the web address and the date you accessed the article.