Make sure you evaluate the reliability and accuracy of any internet site that you plan to use as a resource! Start with the 5W’s method:
Who wrote the pages and are they an expert in the field? Authority
What is the purpose of the site? Objectivity – Goals of the Authors
Where does the information come from? Accuracy - Reliability
When was the site created, updated, or last worked on? Currency
Why is the information valuable? Coverage – value of the content
Look at the URL: What does the URL (Web address) say about the producer of the web site, and its purpose?
Look at the CONTEXT. Everything you read can take on a new meaning, surrounded by the context it's in.
Print a pdf from here: http://www.aascu.org/AcademicAffairs/ADP/DigiPo
Mike Caufield, of Washington State University Vancouver, leads the Digital Polarization Initiative (DigiPo), the American Democracy Project’s national effort to build student civic, information and web literacy by having students participate in a broad, cross-institutional project to fact-check, annotate, and provide context to the different news stories that show up in our Twitter and Facebook feeds.