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Database Basics: Evaluate

Highlighted databases to guide students to valuable resources. LibGuide used for English 102 Workshops.



Use your brain when you’re using the Web


  • What subject area does the site cover?
  • Are those subjects covered comprehensively, or is the site reporting on just one aspect or time period?
  • Are there links to other good sites?


  • Who created the site?
  • Is the site authored by reputable scholars or professionals?
  • Is the address of the organization behind the site listed?
  • Has the site been reviewed and recommended?


  • Is the information factually accurate?
  • Are there typos, spelling or grammar errors?
  • Is the information based on research or evidence and are there references to published sources of information?
  • Does the site give credit for ideas or information obtained from other places?


  • When was the site last updated?
  • Is the actual information on the site dated?
  • Is the updating policy listed anywhere on the site?
  • Is the webmaster listed?


  • What is the point of view of the author?
  • Is the information on the site reflecting a particular position or bias?
  • Is the site maintained by an organization or group with a strongly held position on the issue?