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COM 2370 - Speech

Internet Evaluation Tips


Searching for information on the Internet is facilitated by using any number of search engines, indexes, or other tools, often provided by browser software. Some popular ones are Google and Yahoo. Each search engine requires its own search techniques, which are frequently explained within the site. These search tools offer ways to target sites that are closely related to topics of academic interest to Florida Tech students, faculty, and other researchers. Also the library website provides easy access to FirstSearch’s WorldCat, the Librarians’ Internet Index, and the Scout Report, all of which index Internet sites that have been evaluated and cataloged.

Evaluating Internet resources is complex but critical to the integrity of research. For a preliminary evaluation, three simple questions can be asked:



Who mounted the information? What qualifications, credentials, authority, or special knowledge does the author have?
What is the purpose? To inform? To persuade? To deceive? Does the site exhibit a bias or slant?
When was the site published or last updated? Is timeliness essential to the site's value?