NBC1111 Fundamentals of Building Construction: Websites

A guide for students studying NBC1111 and associated units

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/.

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