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BCH370F: Laboratory Course in Biochemical Techniques

Evaluating Information from the Web

Consider these criteria when looking for information on web sites:

Accuracy

Is the information factual, not opinion?

How valid is the research that is the source?

Is the site free of errors in spelling or grammar and other signs of carelessness in its presentation of the material?

Authority

Is the author's name given?

Are her/his qualifications specified?

Is the author affiliated with a reputable institution or organization?

Has the author written elsewhere on this topic?

If this is an organization or business website, are they qualified to speak on this topic?

Are additional electronic and print sources referenced to complement or support the material presented?

Bias

Is the information factual, not opinion?

Where arguments are given, are they based on strong evidence and good logic?

Is the author's point of view impartial and objective?

Is the author's language free of emotion and bias?

Audience level

What audience is the Web site designed for?

Is it too basic or too technical for your needs?

Currency

Is this web site current?

Is the date of the most recent update given?

If this is a book or article, how old is the information?

Evaluating Websites (Video)