|Print Journals, Books, and Newspapers||World Wide Web|
1.How reliable and free from error is the information?
2.Are there editors and fact checkers?
Example: editorial staffs of journals and daily newspapers
|Accuracy of Web Resources
1.Almost anyone can publish on the Web
2.Many Web resources not verified by editors and/or
3.Web Standards to ensure accuracy yet to be fully developed
Example: AIDS FACTS !?!
1.What are the author’s qualifications for writing on this subject?
2.How reputable is the publisher?
Example: scholarly book publishers
| Authority of Web Resources
1.Often difficult to determine authorship of Web Sources
2.If author’s name is listed, his/her qualifications
3.Publisher responsibility often not indicated
Example: Tobacco Control Archives
1.Is the information presented with a minimum of bias?
2.To what extent is the information trying to sway the opinion of the audience?
Example: most scientific studies
| Objectivity of Web Resources |
1.Goals/aims of persons or groups presenting material
often not clearly stated
2.Web often functions as a “virtual soapbox”
Example: National Rifle Organization
| #4: Currency
1.Is the content of the work up to date?
2.Is the publication date clearly labeled?
Example: most newspapers and journals
|Currency of Web Resources |
1.Dates not always included on Web pages
2.If included, a date may have various meanings:
1.What topics are included in the work?
2.Are the topics included explored in depth?
Example: peer reviewed journals
|Coverage of Web Resources |
1.Web coverage may differ from print coverage
2.Often hard to determine extent of Web coverage
Example: CNN [Cable News Network]