Relevancy Appropriateness Detail Currency Authority Bias


“How much information do I need?” is a valuable question to ask early in the research process. The answer should help you determine where to look for information and when you can stop looking.

Check the information source for detail. Does the information source offer you the depth of coverage you need for your assignment?

There are specific details to look for in a website that can help the researcher determine the site's usefulness. Using these details will help you evaluate a website for its quality of construction, content, and depth of coverage.

What are the details?
How are they useful?
Site map Navigation and scope
Page organization: titles, headings, and subtitles Navigation and evidence of quality construction
Works cited pages Credit to information sources used
External links Additional information sources
Internal search engine Quick information retrieval
Interactive, graphic elements Visual aids and interface interaction
Design appeal Easy and pleasant to use

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