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Learning to do library and web-based information research, also called information competency, is important for college work and career skills. Library Information Skills 1000 is a non-credit course offered as seven independent workshops that can be used to help students meet the information competency learning outcomes required by their courses and as part of the CCSF Information Competency graduation requirement.
Remember that anyone can publish anything on the Web, so you are responsible for evaluating the quality of the Web pages you use for your papers and assignments. Here are some questions to use to evaluate Web pages.
The quality of the information you find on the Web varies tremendously so it is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, you evaluate its quality based on the following criteria:
Currency (How old is the information and is it current enough to use in your research?)
Relevance (Does the site meet your needs in terms of depth of information and the level of understanding you're looking for - too elementary/too complex?)
Authority (Who is publishing this information? Is the author an expert? Is the organization trustworthy? Hint: research the author/publisher/organization)
Accuracy (Where does this information come from? Are there references so you can check their sources? Has the information been evaluated by someone?)
Purpose (Why does this site exist? Is it's goal to make money with ads? Is the site attempting to sell you a specific product? Is this a sponsored post?)
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