Here are 6 great tips for searching the internet for information for your coursework:
modified from New York City College of Technology Library. (https://library.citytech.cuny.edu/instruction/workshops/pdf/GoodGooglingS11.pdf)
1. The internet does not have an editor. Anyone can post anything on the internet, both true and false information. You must EVALUATE everything you find online! When evaluating information, ask yourself these questions:
2. Accuracy: Is the information correct? How do you know? Are the sources of the information (references) cited? Can you verify the information somewhere else?
3. Expertise: Who is the author or organization that is the source of the information? Is the author/organization an expert in the field? Can you verify his or her credentials?
4. Currency: Can you find a publication date for this source? When was the website last updated? Does the information seem relevant or is it out of date?
5. Objectivity: Is the author or source writing objectively, or is his or her perspective biased? Is the author trying to convince you of something or sell you something?
6. Google’s top search results are based on popularity (how many “hits” a website gets) and relevance (how often your search terms are used on the website). Google cannot evaluate the accuracy of website
|Bogus websites can be useful tools for teaching students how to evaluate the credibilty and authority of information that they find on the Internet. Most of the websites on this list are humorous, such as the Victorian Robots site (at left is a photo from the home page) linked below. Some sites, though, are sinister, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. website hosted by a white supremacy group.|