NSC1210 Skills for the Scientist: Websites

This guide contains key resources for research and critical evaluation of scientific sources of information.

Evaluating websites

Information from web sites can be very easy to find. Due to the nature of the web, it is very important to evaluate anything that you find before including it in an assignment or essay.

Anyone can author or publish material on a web site. No quality control process is required.

This doesn't mean that you shouldn't use information from web sites just that you need to apply an evaluation criteria to understand: 

 Authority - What type of site is it? Who authored the content? What was the intended audience?

 Objectivity - Is the purpose and intention of the source clear, including any bias or particular viewpoint?

 Accuracy - Fact or opinion? What evidence is presented? Does the site reference other sources?

 Currency - When was the last time the site was updated? Does the information presented have a "published" date?

Evaluating website tutorial

In this guided tutorial you will learn how to evaluate information with a critical eye, use criteria to determine credible web sources, and spot other reliable sources you can use.

Reference (APA)

Acadia University Library. (2008). Credible sources count!. Retrieved from http://library.acadiau.ca/sites/default/files/library/tutorials/webevaluation/ 

Credible and questionable Internet sources - Coronavirus

As the number of people contracting coronavirus (Covid -2019) increase, there are quite a few resources that have emerged in the media. Some are good online sources of information, while others contain unproven or fabricated claims about the coronavirus.

Have a look at the following resources, and try and determine which ones offer scientific information while others might be spreading unverified claims about the coronavirus outbreak.

Australian Government websites

Bureau of Meteorology - Climate change 

Department of the Environment and Energy  - Climate change 

Department of the Environment and Energy - Conservation strategies