Evaluating Information Found on the Internet

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.

In this assignment you will use the criteria found in the Evaluating Information Found on the Internet guide provided by Johns Hopkins University.

Read the recommended procedures for evaluating online information.

Important criteria and strategies are provided for evaluating:

  • Authorship
  • Publishing body
  • Point of view or bias
  • Referral to other sources
  • Verifiability
  • Currency
  • How to distinguish propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation
  • The mechanics of determining authorship, publishing body, and currency on the Internet

Skills in critical thinking, even skepticism, are required to evaluate each criterion.

Later in this assignment, you will use a checklist formulated from this resource to evaluate your own search results for sources.