There are many different ways to evaluate sources and different
Therefore, your Teacher Librarians have sorted through the various
The criteria to evaluate a resource: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose and Bias.
The following guide is by Kathy Schrock:
THE FIVE W’S OF WEB SITE EVALUATION
Who wrote the pages and are they an expert?
Is a biography of the author included?
How can I find out more about the author?
What does the author say is the purpose of the site?
What else might the author have in mind for the site?
What makes the site easy to use?
What information is included and does this
information differ from other sites?
When was the site created?
When was the site last updated?
Where does the information come from?
Where can I look to find out more about
the sponsor of the site?
Why is this information useful for my purpose?
Why should I use this information?
Why is this page better than another?
1. Who is the organisation behind the information?
2. Is there an identifiable author?
3. Can I find this information in two other reliable websites or books?
Cross-reference your information!
4. When was this information last updated?
RESEARCH TIP! Ensure the information you are looking at is from a reliable source and is current.
Look for information that is from the following:
Beware of information from forums and websites where people without qualifications are presenting information. E.g. Wikianswers.org, Yahoo!Answers, and Wikipedia.
What makes a resource reliable?
Jones, A. (2010). The story of beginnings. Melbourne: Randon House Publishing.
This is a reliable source because firstly it is published in a book and secondly, because the author is an expert in the area of Modern History.
Maxillian, A. (2013, May 10). Australian History in 1960s. Retrieved May 20, 2013, from Australian History: http://www.australianhistory.edu.au
This is a reliable source because it is produced for educational purposes as indicated by the .edu in the URL.