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CHEM 1445: Evaluating Sources

Sources for library research in science

Evaluating web resources

Accuracy

Are the facts presented reliable and are source checkers identifiable?

Authority

Who is the author/creator?

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

Objectivity

Goals/aims clearly stated?

Evidence of bias or author trying to sell something?

Currency

How current is the information and do links still work?

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

Scope/Relevancy

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

Are the links relevant and appropriate?

Stability

Is the URL stable?

Ease of Use

Is the site easy to navigate?

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

Wikipedia

Not an authoritative source

Anyone can edit it

Can provide a quick overview of a topic