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INTR 101

Web Sources: Approaches to Evaluation (1)

1. Checklist

Evaluate sources by applying criteria such as:

  • Authorship
  • Purpose (yours and theirs)
  • Bias / Perspective
  • Currency
  • Sponsorship / Affiliation
  • Design / Production Value
  • Hosting / Address

2. Deconstruction

Evaluate sources based on an understanding that you construct through open-ended inquiry. Strategies may include:

  • Compare and corroborate a wide range of sources
  • Create and apply questions and categories to serve a specific purpose (e.g. self-published, edited, peer-reviewed; positioning on political spectrum; theoretical approach).

(1) For more information: Harris, Frances Jacobson. I Found It on the Internet: Coming of Age Online (2nd Edition). Chicago: ALA Editions, 2011. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 15 January 2016.

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