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Evaluating Information on the Web  

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Why do you need to evaluate?

While the Internet contains a wealth of information, it also contains a lot of incorrect information, sometimes purposefully.

  • There is a lack of central authority -- essentially, anyone can publish anything they want to publish.
  • Web pages are often biased, contain mistakes and outright lies.
  • It is often difficult to ascertain authorship/sponsorship.
  • Information on web pages can easily be changed, because the authors have constant access to their materials, unlike print publishing.
  • There may not be any permanency -- the content, style and location of sites can change.
  • Information may be removed from context--one can skip over introductory pages that may include information on the web site.
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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