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Reproduced with the permission of the New Yorker.

Evaluating What
You Find
Since there isn't always a review process for the public Web, you will need to carefully evaluate the quality of the material you find.

Keep in mind these questions:
Accuracy

Does the information presented seem accurate and free of grammatical mistakes? Are the facts cited so they can be verified? Is it possible to contact someone responsible for the website?

Currency

On what date was the page created? Has the site been updated recently? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?

Authority

Who is the author? What expertise does s/he have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.

Objectivity What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased? What kind of sites does this one link to?
Coverage How well is the information covered?  Does the content have unique intrinsic value? Are there credible supporting links or sources cited?

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