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USD Information Literacy Lessons: Page 20

The broad focus of these lessons is understanding sources of information, including examples that can help you learn how to access information sources at USD. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific element of information competency.

Criteria for Evaluation: Author or Webmaster

  • Who is the author of the web site?   Is there a link to contact the author?  If you can't determine who the author is, you can learn who registered the site at
  • What do you already know about the author? Is s/he associated with an agenda? Is it mainstream?
  • Does the author have the expertise (as demonstrated by academic credentials in the subject of the web site) to give reliable information on the subject?
  • Does the author demonstrate knowledge of the subject and how that subject fits into its broader context?
  • Who is the Webmaster? Does s/he have links to organizations with an agenda?


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