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IPS 610: Information Resources: Government Websites

To aid IPS 610 students in finding information resources. Fall 2017.

Website Evaluation

Knowing how to find relevant, reliable, and accurate, information can help you make informed decisions about things like graduate school, a new car purchase, financial aid options and more.
Use the criteria below to evaluate the information found on websites.

Authority
Author shows evidence of a high level of expertise.
Website has a strong affiliation with a credible organization.

Accuracy
Information on this site is well documented.
Additional research supports the information on this site.
The site displays correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Relevance
Website is strongly related to my topic.
Website offers comprehensive coverage of the topic.

Currency
The information on this site is current.
The website has been updated recently.

Objectivity
The purpose, intent and audience of the site is clearly stated.
On this site, facts are presented as facts and opinions are presented as opinions.

Functionality
The site is well organized and easy to navigate.
The links, images, and other media on this site are present and working.

Adapted from A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians by  Carolyn J. Radcliff, et al. Westport, CT. Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

Government Websites

Agricultural Information Center Reference Librarian