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Evaluating Internet Resources: Factors to Consider
by Gale Dutcher, National Library of Medicine
Is there a date? What does the date represent?
Is the information up-to-date?
Is the update frequency apparent?
Is it static or does it change regularly?
Is currency necessary for this type of information?
Is information available about the author?
Who is the author?
Is the author the original creator of the information?
What are the author's credentials?
Affiliation = Publisher
What institution is connected with this information?
Does the institution exercise quality control?
Web blends advertising, entertainment and information
What is the purpose of this Web site?
Who is the intended audience?
Is the information reliable?
Is the information free from error?
Where does the information come from?
Are sources cited? Can you independently verify the information?
Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Is there a minimum of bias?
Is there any apparent conflict such as advertising by the sponsor?
What topics are included?
What is the depth of exploration?
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