The Good, The Bad & The Ugly:
or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources

Evaluation Criteria

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I. Authority


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II. Accuracy

    Is the information reliable and error-free?
    Is there an editor or someone who verifies/checks the information?

    Rationale

    1. See number 1 above
    2. Unlike traditional print resources, web resources rarely have editors or fact-checkers.
    3. Currently, no web standards exist to ensure accuracy.


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III. Objectivity


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IV. Currency

    Is the page dated?
    If so, when was the last update?
    How current are the links? Have some expired or moved?

    Rationale

    1. Publication or revision dates are not always provided.
    2. If a date is provided, it may have various meanings. For example,
    3. It may indicate when the material was first written
      It may indicate when the material was first placed on the Web
      It may indicate when the material was last revised


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V. Coverage


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Last updated:April 27, 2009
by
Susan E. Beck
Collection Development Coordinator
New Mexico State University Library


© 1997 Susan E. Beck
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Beck, Susan. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why Itís a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources.  1997.  http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/eval.html
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