It is important to be able to give the audience enough information to support the thesis.
Evaluating Websites Watch the YouTube video - Evaluating Websites This short video describes how to evaluate and compare websites As you watch, think about the websites you visited while doing research for your Module One essay.
With primary legal sources – such as judicial opinions, statutes, and regulations – the government is the author, and government websites (whose URLs end in .gov) are authoritative publishers. Educational websites (whose URLs end in .edu) are also frequently authorized to publish primary sources. However, when the information you find is a secondary source – something that was written to explain or comment on the law – you must evaluate the author's and publisher's authority, as well as their objectivity.
General Website Evaluation Criteria
Also includes evaluation worksheets. .
Publisher: American Association of Law Libraries. Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee.
The Virtual Chase: Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet
Defines five criteria for evaluating the quality of information appearing online or in print – scope of coverage, authority, objectivity, accuracy and timeliness. It also discusses hoaxes and other incidents of questionable, false or fraudulent information, provides examples of websites that illustrate good or bad information, and suggests strategies that help you detect bad information. Includes checklists and resources for learning more. .
Publisher: Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP.
For this brief introduction to evaluating sources in LS101, we will use a list of five critical criteria. You might want to remember AAOCC (Authority, Accuracy, Objectivity, Currency, and Coverage), if for no other reason than you might be asked to list these criteria and describe them briefly. The same basic questions should be asked of all information sources: books, journal articles, web pages, blogs, videos, sound recordings and e-books.
Welcome to this Information and Library Services Tutorial on evaluating Web sites. In this tutorial, you will learn how to determine whether a Web site contains trustworthy information that is appropriate for college level research.
When evaluating a Web site, ask yourself, who has written the Web site content? Are the author’s credentials given? Think about the author’s expertise and credibility. Knowing who wrote the content can help you determine the Web site’s trustworthiness.
The Research Writing section includes advice and exercises for planning and writing a research project, including finding and evaluating sources, searching electronically, avoiding plagiarism, and working with and documenting sources.
When evaluating a Web site, you should also ask, is the information on the Web site accurate? Compare the information on the Web site with knowledge you have gained from other sources in the course of your research, to see if the Web site contains errors. For example, you might compare the information in a Web site with scholarly articles you have read in library databases, with reference books and so on. Also, does the Web site give sources for the information it presents, sources you can look up and verify?
You can find trustworthy, useful information on all types of Web sites: commercial Web sites, organization, government, education Web sites and so on. But no matter what kind of Web site you are using, you must critically evaluate the information it contains.
At our library Web site, you can find more information on evaluating Web resources. And, if you have any questions about your research, please contact us via Ask a Librarian.
This research guide only addresses evaluating websites as potential resources for legal research. It does not discuss research to uncover ownership and related information about a particular website. If you need to conduct research about a website, I recommend the Pacifici article or the Virtual Chase website listed at the end of this guide.
The references listed at the end of this page describe the criteria for website evaluation in a variety of ways, which can be grouped under the following categories of questions:
The following are items that should be present on any web site used for academic purposes 1 Date Is the date the information was written and/or.
Evaluating Public History Web sites By Debra DeRuyver Written and Mounted May 17, 1999 Revised August 27, 1999 Introduction Evidence Interpretation.