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Nutrition 3360: Nutritional Assessment


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Criteria for Evaluating Websites


Use the following list to evaluate web sites.

C urrency : The timeliness of the information.

• When was the information published or posted?
• Has the information been revised or updated?

R elevance: The importance of the information for your needs.

• Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
• Is the information at the appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?                                                                                                                     

A uthority: The source of the information.

• Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
• Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
• Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
   Examples:  .com (commercial),  .edu (educational),  .gov (U.S. government),
   .org (nonprofit organization) or  .net (network)  

A ccuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of information.

Is the information supported by evidence? Check for citations and bibliography.
• Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
• Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

P urpose: The reason the information exists.

• Why was the information written: to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?
• Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
• Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
• Who is the intended audience?