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Evaluating Internet Sources: Why evaluate?

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It's been my policy to view the Internet not as an 'information highway,' but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies.
Mike Royko

Cautionary Tale



Why is it important to evaluate Internet sites?

  • Any can create and publish an Internet site, regardless of subject expertise or knowledge
    • Web page creation software makes it easy for anyone to create a professional looking web page
  • No standards exist to ensure the quality and accuracy of information on a web page
  • Academic print resources have a review process, there is no such thing in regard to individual websites
  • Even websites produced by well known entities need to be used with caution
    • Websites created are often created to persuade the unwary user
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