T is for Thinking
The Ithaca College Library Guide to Critical Thinking About What You See on the Web
Use the Web wisely
Using the Web well takes more than just knowing how to google. To use the Web wisely and efficiently, consider the following six suggestions:
In addition to these six suggestions about evaluating sources, here are some criteria that are commonly used.
- Authority: Who are the authors, or who is responsible? What gives them their authority or expertise?
- Accuracy: Do you have good reason to believe that the information on the site is accurate? Are the facts documented?
- Objectivity: What is the author's point of view? What is the purpose of the site?
- Currency: When was the information on the page originally written? Has the site been kept up-to-date?
- Coverage: Is your topic being addressed? Is the information basic and cursory or detailed and scholarly?
- Value: Was the page worth visiting? Does the site offer anything informative, substantial, or insightful? Is the site free of spelling and grammatical errors?
a good research tool?
For fun and games and pretty pictures, the Web is fine.
But is the Web a good research tool?
The answer is a qualified yes, and only if you are careful.