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CHEM 2181: Evaluating Sources

For CHEM 2181 lab library sessions

Evaluating web resources


Are the facts presented reliable and are source checkers identifiable?


Who is the author/creator?

What are the credentials of the author in relation to the site subject matter


Goals/aims clearly stated?

Evidence of bias or author trying to sell something?


How current is the information and do links still work?

Date of last update and how often is the site updated?


What is the purpose of the site and who is it intended for?

Are the links relevant and appropriate?


Is the URL stable?

Ease of Use

Is the site easy to navigate?

Does it provide a help button and/or search box?


Not an authoritative source

Anyone can edit it

Can provide a quick overview of a topic