Young Oklahoma mother; age 18,
penniless, stranded in Imperial Valley, California. (Circa March
One of the problems with Internet is that anyone can created a Web
site. Web pages are not always reliable or accurate. It is
very important to consider the following questions before deciding whether
or not to use the information:
General Search Engines
1. What does the Web site end with? Sites
that end with .edu are educational institutions, .com sites are created for
commercial purposes, .gov sites are created by governmental agencies, and
.org means non-profit organizations. For research, you may want to
focus on .edu, .gov, and .org. However, not all .com Web sites are unreliable,
you just need to evaluate them further to make sure they are reliable.
2. When was the site last updated? Use the most
recent information you can find.
3. Can you find other information to back up the information
you have found. You should try to use more than one resource.
4. Who is the author of the Web site? Are they
educated on the topic?
5. Does the author list his or her qualifications to
write on the subject?
6. Where did the author get his or her information?
Are they the expert or did they find it from someone else? If the author
does not say where they got their information from you should not use it.
7. Who is publishing the site? Why? Think
about the author’s goals in publishing the information.
As you and your group members are putting together the information
be sure to look at the Evaluation page
make sure you are meeting the expectations.