Judging What You Find


Because anyone can publish pages on the Visible Web, not everything you find will be appropriate to use in your NCC classes. If you use the Visible Web, you'll need to judge the credibility of the Web pages you find.

Keep in mind these questions:

Your Assignment

What does your research assignment require? Does your Professor allow Visible Web sources?

Accuracy of the Web site

Does the information seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?

Authority of the Web site

Who is the author? What expertise does he or she 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 of the Web site

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?

Currency of the Web site

On what date was the page created? Do you need more current information? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?

Use for Research

Based on your responses above, should you use this information in a college research paper?





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