When searching the Internet for your topic, make sure that the websites you use are reputable. The Internet is not regulated by anyone or any agency. This means that anyone with access to a computer can place information on the web.
The following is a list of things to look for when evaluating a website for use.Authority
Who is the author?
What are the author’s qualifications?
Are they affiliated with an institution, agency, etc.
Where did the author(s) get their information?
Did the author list their sources?
Is this a primary or secondary source?
Is the information free of spelling or grammatical errors?
Is the information presented with a minimum of bias?
Does it give fact or opinion?
Who is sponsoring the webpage?
Are they trying to sell you something?
What is the purpose? Educational? Informative? Entertainment?
Is the publication date clearly stated?
When was the last revision made?
Essential Page Elements
What topics are included?
Explores subject in depth?
Does it provide links to other sources?
Author or Contact Person
Link to a Home Page