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Evaluating Web Content

This guide offers tips for evaluating the quality of content on the Web. In recent years, the Web has become a rich environment of Web pages, blogs, wikis, social networking sites, free research services, media types and more. It can be a challenge to figure out which content to trust. This page will help you to identify the type of site you are visiting and to evaluate its content.

A printable version of this guide is available in PDF format: EvaluatingWebContent.pdf.

A few tips to get you started

Here are a few general tips for evaluating content on the Web. Check that ...

Determining the expertise of the author

On todayís Web, it can be a challenge to judge content based on the identity of the author. Sometimes the author is not stated, or a nickname is used. When an authorís name is shown, here are a few tips on checking out this individualís expertise.

This guide covers the following:

Web sites >>
Free research sites >>
Document repositories >>
Blogs and wikis >>
Social networking sites >>
Social bookmarks >>
Multimedia >>

Laura Cohen
Trudi E. Jacobson
tjacobson AT uamail DOT albany DOT edu

March 2009