Consider the source--Use recognized authorities. Can you identify the author? Know who is responsible for the content.
Focus on quality--All Web sites are not created equal. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted? Does it have spelling errors? Is it trying to sell you something?
Look for the evidence--Rely on research, not opinion. Does the site identify the author? Does it rely on testimonials?
Check for currency--Look for the latest information Is the information current?
Beware of bias--What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?
Adapted from: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2013
- Occupational Outlook - information on training, pay, and job outlook. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Soft Skills to Pay the Bills — Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success - from the U.S. Department of Labor
Wikipedias: Pros & Cons
|Worlds largest encyclopedia with millions of entries on obscure topics||Articles are not edited or peer-reviewed|
|Great place to start & identify keywords||
Many instructors will not allow Wikipedia citations because they are not not edited or reviewed
|Updated regularly, sometimes by the second||Articles get vandalized for ideological reasons or just for fun|
|Can include excellent references & external links||Can be skewed or biased -- based on authors interests, beliefs, opinions|
|Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- the people's encyclopedia!||Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- no one checks their credentials or agendas|