During the last elections, we saw an influx of social media propaganda and along with it were several websites popping up as sources of news and information. Unfortunately, we also saw how internet users in the country fall prey into believing that these were reliable and credible sources of information.
According to a tutorial called “How I can tell if a website is reliable?” from the College of Education in the University of Texas in Austin, for a researcher to evaluate the quality of each website, he or she should ask the 5 basic questions:
- Who authored (wrote) the site?
- Who published the site?
- What is the main purpose of the site? Why did the author write it and the publisher post it?
- Who is the intended audience?
- What is the quality of information provided on the website?
From your answers to these questions, you should conclude on how the all add up.
Tutorial: How I can tell if a website is reliable? from the College of Education in the University of Texas in Austin