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American Sign Language: Web Resources

Web Resources


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How to Evaluate Web Resources

1. Currency:

  • When was the website last updated?
  • Is the information out of date? Is there more recent information about the topic that is available?
  • Do the links appear to be working? And, are they related to the topic/s of the website?

2. Relevancy:

  • What is the purpose of the information source? Is the information source intended to inform, advocate, sell, slander, etc? Is it ironic (a satire or a parody)? How can you tell what its purpose is?
  • How well does the information source relate to your topic? Does it only address one part of your topic, or is it more broadly related? Do you need additional information sources to address different parts of your topic?

3. Authority:

  • What person or group is responsible for the information in your source?
  • Can you find contact information for that person or group?
  • Is the author or organization a qualified source, or an expert in their field? What credentials and/or affiliations listed on the source show evidence of authority?
  • What type of domain name does the website have (.com, .org., .edu, .gov, .net)? Or, does it have some other domain?

4. Objectivity/Bias:

  • Who is the intended audience for the information source (student, professional, general etc.)? What helped you decide who the intended audience is?
  • Does the information source have a bias? If so, describe the position taken on the issue.
  • If is appears the information source has a bias, what is an example of the loaded language that helps you recognize it?
  • Are the statements, opinions, and/or statistics given in the information source supported with references?
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