Part 1 : Identifying the Author
I will be able
author’s name on a
Student Objective #1
In a world of information overload, it is vital for students
be able to find information on the Web, as well as to
determine its validity and appropriateness.
information you find may vary in reliability and quality:
can be very useful and reliable, very bad or directly
misleading. Keep in mind that everyone can publish
information on the Internet. This means it is your job
evaluate the quality and reliability of what you find,
whether it fits your needs.
Knowing how to effectively and
efficiently find accurate information is
a skill that will enable you to make
Why is this skill necessary in life?
A good way to start
to see if you can identify
• author’s name
• author’s title or position
• author’s contact information
the information need
type of publication
primary or secondary sources
point of view
level of difficulty
of your product (inform, persuade,
entertain) related to the content and audience.
Other criteria for evaluating sources
a degree in this subject
or do research on this
in a related field
about this topic regularly
participated in, or observed, events and
How do I evaluate the author?
The author's expertise and credentials should relate
to your subject. A credible contributor might:
Who is the Author?
Ask yourself: Why would this
author or organization publish
Read the "About" page.
Can you find contact information?
Web trick to try:
Go to a
data search website: