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7. Evaluating Web Sites: The six factors to consider

Evaluating a web site means considering the six factors below in relation to your purpose for the information. These factors are what you should gather clues about and use to decide whether a site is right for your purpose.


  1. The source's neighborhood on the web
  2. Author and/or publisher's background
  3. The degree of bias
  4. Recognition from others
  5. Thoroughness of the content
  6. Currency of the content

How many factors you consider at any one time depends on your purpose when seeking information. In other words, you'll consider all six factors when you're looking for information for a research project or other high-stakes situation where making mistakes have serious consequences. But you might consider only the first three factors for many of your other information needs.

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