What are the four main criteria for evaluating the quality of Internet resources? What are the basic concepts for each criterion?
(Points : 20)
Four main criteria for evaluating the quality of Internet resources are as follows:
Authority – One should look for if the author or the organization providing the information is identifiable. How credible are the site owners? We should look for their experiences, credentials and publications/press. Whether other credible sites are linking this site?
Accuracy and reliability – The criteria’s here should be whether research sources have been properly documented and cited. Whether there are spelling errors or incorrect uses of grammar. Whether the background information can be verified for accuracy?
Purpose/objectivity – When evaluating the sources, we should also consider the purpose of the study, how the data was collected and analysed, how consistent the data is with other studies, and how old the data is? Is there a clear distinction between the opinion and fact. Who is the intended audience?
Coverage – Does the site cover a specific time period? Does the site cover only one aspect of the topic or it covers the topic in depth. What information is included and what information is omitted. Is the page completed or “under construction”?
References: Newman, A., Ober, S. (2013). Business Communication: In Person, In Print, Online 8e. South-Western, Cengage Learning. pp. 292