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COMM 2340 Media Law

Websites

Evaluating Websites

Authority
  • Who is the author?
  • Is the site for-profit or non-profit?
  • Is the author an expert or qualified?
  • Is the sponsoring organization reputable?
  • Is there a link where you can contact the webmaster?
Accuracy
  • Are there any errors in the information?
  • Does the site employ fact-checking for the website?
Objectivity
  • Is there a bias in the presentation of the information?
  • Is the website attempting to be persuasive?
  • Are there any advertisements on the webpage?
Currency
  • When was the website created?
  • When was the website updated?
  • How old is the information presented?
Coverage
  • What are the topics covered?
  • Does the website go in-depth concerning the topics?
  • Does the page include a list of references or links to other sources?

 

From Cornell College's "A Guide to Evaluating Resources"





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