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Law: Web Resources

This guide is intended to provide information on law resources

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Evaluating Internet Sources

Anyone can publish content on the internet. The questions below will assist you in evaluating web pages for use as academic sources. Evaluate the following criteria before making a decision regarding the quality of a source :

  • Accuracy
    • How accurate is the information presented? Are sources of factual information or statistics cited? Is there a bibliography included?
    • Compare the page to related sources, electronic or print, for assistance in determining accuracy. 
  • Authority
    • Is the author's name visible? Does the author have an affiliation with an organization or institution?
    • Does the author list his or her credentials? Are they relevant to the information presented? 
    • Is there a mailing address or telephone number included, as well as an e-mail address? 
  • Validity
    • Is the site objective? Is there a reason the site is presenting a particular point of view on a topic? 
  • Bias
    • Does the page exhibit a particular point of view or bias? 
    • Does the page contain advertising? This may impact the content of the information included.Look carefully to see if there is a relationship between the advertising and the content, or whether the advertising is simply providing financial support for the page. 
  • Reliability
    • Was it recommended by a faculty member or another reliable source? 
    • Was it cited in a scholarly or credible source? 
    • Was it a link from a reputable site? 
  • Currency
    • Is the information provided current?
    • When was the page created?
    • Are dates included for the last update or modification of the page?
    • Are the links current and functional?