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Course Project Evaluation Checklist

This evaluation will guide you through the steps you need to take to evaluate information found on the Internet for credibility, objectivity, trustworthiness, and relevancy. It is for your own use and does not need to be submitted with your course project. Any well-reasoned annotation in your course project will address these criteria.

Course Project Evaluation Checklist

Course Project Evaluation Checklist

Course Project Evaluation Checklist

Use the following criteria to evaluate each website or individual web page that you are considering as an information resource. This checklist is for your own use in evaluating your sources. See the Course Project directions to read how you may use this checklist to write your annotated bibliography.

Resource Evaluation Checklist

1. What is the title and URL of the resource?
2. Type of Site
  • government
  • organization
  • commercial
  • educational
3. Type of resource
  • Is it a personal home page?
  • Is it a government report?
  • Is it a newsgroup posting?
  • Is it clearly opinion or fact?
  • Is it an advertisement?
4. Graphics
  • Does the resource include features that you need such as illustrations, glossaries, or maps?
  • Are the graphics readable, appropriate, or useful?
5. Authority
  • Who is the information source (organization or author)?
  • Is the site part of a larger web site (i.e. a university or organizational page)?
  • Can you tell if the author, organization or group has the knowledge/expertise to present information on this topic?
6. Bias, Objectivity
  • How credible is the information?
  • Does the information seem reliable?
  • Is there any indication where the information came from?
  • Does it appear that the organization or author could have a biased point of view? If so, is the bias clearly stated?
7. Currency
  • How current is the information?
  • What is the date of the information or when was the site last updated?
  • Is the information too old or too new for your research needs?
  • Are there "dead" hyperlinks?
8. Consensus
  • How does the site information compare with other sites, print sources, etc.?
  • Does the information agree or disagree with an accepted point of view?

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