What does the address (URL) tell you?
· gov=government e.g., www.loc.gov=library of congress - generally reliable sites from federal or local government agencies
· org=organization, often nonprofit e.g., www.unsystem.org=United Nations
· edu=educational e.g., www.uky.edu=University of Kentucky – often reliable, but can also be personal web pages from faculty and students, not from the educational organization
· com=commercial e.g., amazon.com=Amazon Books – may exist strictly to sell services, but occasionally offer some useful information
· net=network e.g., .politicalresources.net=Political Resources on the Web (often personal web pages)
· .uk=country outside the US e.g., .eg=egypt
Questions to ask:
- Is this a site designed for the web, or a document originally published somewhere else?
- Who is the author or producer? Is it an individual or group? Is it a commercial group trying to sell services?
- If the author isn’t clear, is there someone you can email for additional information?
- What is the authority or expertise of the individual or group that created the site?
- Is any sort of bias evident?
- When was the page produced? Mounted on the Web?
- When was it last updated? (HINT: if you’re unable to find this information at the bottom of the page, look for dates within the site – if you can’t find any date, you have no idea how recent the information provided might be)
- Is contact information for the author or producer available?
- Is grammar and spelling acceptable? Language?
- Is the information well organized and easy to follow?
- Is the source of any statistical information clear?
- Is documentation to other sources provided for any of the information?
- Do graphics enhance the content? Are they distracting or too “busy”?
- Do the links work?
- Are the links relevant and appropriate for the site?
- Are the links comprehensive or do they just provide a sampler?
- Are the links evaluated in any way?
See also Evaluating Internet Resources and Sites: A Tutorial, from Purdue University.
APA STYLE - Social Sciences
Cite in this form:
- AUTHOR if hard to find, may find corporate author or group responsible for website or omit.
- DATE of information, year, month. May be found near top or bottom line of Website
- TITLE of article/item, (put in quotation marks in citation)
- TITLE of Website, (italicized or underlined in citation)
- URL - see the location line at the top of the screen
- DATE when you saw the information on the Web
Barnes, S. L. (2004) . Black American Feminism: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography. Retrieved May 14, 2004 from University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library Website: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/subjects/blackfeminism/