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Evaluating a website

Evaluating information from the web

Consider these criteria when looking for information on web sites:

Accuracy

Is the information factual, not opinion? 
How valid is the research that is the source? 
Is the site free of errors in spelling or grammar and other signs of carelessness in its presentation of the material?

Authority

Is the author's name given? 
Are her/his qualifications specified? 
Is the author affiliated with a reputable institution or organization? 
Has the author written elsewhere on this topic?
If this is an organization or business website, are they qualified to speak on this topic?
Are additional electronic and print sources referenced to complement or support the material presented?

Bias

Is the information factual, not opinion? 
Where arguments are given, are they based on strong evidence and good logic? 
Is the author's point of view impartial and objective? 
Is the author's language free of emotion and bias?

Audience level

What audience is the Web site designed for? 
Is it too basic or too technical for your needs?

Currency

is this web site current? 
Is the date of the most recent update given?
If this is a book or article, how old is the information?

Suggested Websites

Customising Google Scholar

Make Google more responsive to your research needs by searching in Google Scholar rather that a simple Google search.

Also customisise the Google Scholar Search Setting by click on Setting tab in Google Scholar

Now Click on the Library Links Tab

Type in "Dundalk Institute of technology Library" and hit search.

Now click on the tab beside Dundalk Institute of technology Library and Save setting

Now when you do a Google Scholar  search for articles you will be give the 360 link to our resources.

Using RSS feeds to keep up-todate

Finding it hard to keep up with the news in your subject? Then have it come to you - use RSS feeds to get information from all over the web.

What is RSS?

  • RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’ or ‘Rich Site Summary’
  • It is a technology which collects the latest additions from RSS enabled websites and delivers them to you
  • The items of information gathered via RSS can be viewed in an RSS ‘reader’ or ‘aggregator’, such as Google Reader or Bloglines

Find out more about RSS 

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