Internet Tips and Tricks

Intro to Technology

Finding reliable sources on the Internet can be tricky. There is a seemingly endless amount of information ready to be read , and the tricky part is deciphering what is credible information versus fraudulent. I will be providing a few tricks you can use to make finding credible information that much easier.

This is not an exhaustive list so it is easy to read through and implement the next time you are looking for a reliable source(s).

First: Domain Names. If you are unsure of what that is I will give you a quick definition. Domain name: the part of a network address that identifies it as belonging to a particular domain (i.e. .com, .net, .edu etc.)

The most reliant domain names are .edu (education), .org (organization), and .gov (government). These sources typically will have up-to-date information and they tend to stay away from biases and stick to facts. There usually are citations, links, and footnotes available in order for you to double check to see if the information you are being given is correct. You can easily see if the information is current as they will usually have a publishing date at the beginning of the article.

Second: Criteria for Evaluating Sources. I will supply a few things you should check for and the definitions of each for you to get a better understanding.

  • Accuracy - refers to the overall reliability of the information on the site by providing a clear description of who authored the site and for what purposes.
  • Authority - indicates the credentials of the author or authors as well as the nature of the site itself—commercial or not for profit.
  • Objectivity - tests whether the information on the site is fair and non-biased, including being entirely or largely free of advertising.
  • Currency - means that the site is up-to-date with recent information, and updates are clearly indicated.
  • Coverage - suggests that the information on the site can be viewed without difficulties or commercial messages

Third: I have embedded a video for you to watch to see these in play and it also provides other strategies you can implement on your search for the best website/source(s).

References:

Finding Credible Websites [Motion picture]. (2014). United States: Maine URSUS Libraries.

Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

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