the sources reliable?
you try to evaluate the reliability of a source you should
not concentrate only in the text itself. You also have to
ask who has written the text? For what purpose is it written
for? Where is it published? Sometimes there are ideologies,
financial gains or other factors affecting objectivity and
you evaluate the sources found from Internet?
The most important thing is your own purpose and information
needs: does the material satisfy your needs?
How well founded, trustworthy and reliable the content of
the resource is? Are there any references used? Is the purpose
of the material described? Has the content been evaluated
by someone else than the author? Are there any URLs mentioned
to support the content?
How correct is the information? If you find spelling mistakes
and bad language it is not a good sign! Are there referencies
mentioned? Does the writer tell about his/her expertise in
What is the expertise, reputation and status of the source?
By whom has the source been published (a university, an organisation
vs. induvidual homepages)? How well known is the author? Are
the contact information presented in the material?
How much information is there that cannot be obtained from
some other source? Are the links referring outside the material
to things done by other people?
Is the material available online in its entirety? Is there
a contents page? Are there many pages under construction?
Is there a site map?
How well does the material cover the topic area? Is there
a contents page, an index, a site map, a list of references?
What caused problems in evaluating the reliability of
How reliable can one consider the information found
on the Internet? Is it as reliable as that found in
a book? Our group bought the information on the Internet
lock, stock, and barrel...