Criterion One: Credentials
- Authors can be one person, several people, or an organization (sponsor) that are responsible for the page.
- Authors are qualified if their credentials match the subject of the site in terms of education or professional experiences.
- An author's credentials can be determined by the subject of the articles they have written as a professional journalist, their experience teaching at the college level, their research experience as a scientist.
- A sponsoring organization should be run by professionals or scholars in the subject of your web page's primary content.
- The "About Us" page usually appears in the homepage header or footer and often contains a history or mission statement for the sponsor.
You found a web page written by a college student. Is he or she a qualified author for the subject?
Criterion Two: Impact of Domain on Content
A domain designates a type of Web site.
|com||commercial||amazon.com (online store)|
|gov||governmental agency||census.gov (US Census Bureau)|
|mil||branch of the military||navy.mil (US Navy)|
|net||network (Private Internet Service)||fairtrade.net (Fairtrade International)|
|org||organization||cancer.org (American Cancer Society)|
Criterion Three: Contact Information
- Contact information, such as phone number and mailing address, is another indication of credibility that helps readers to verify author’s legitimacy.
- A mailing address or phone number can be used to contact the author or sponsor.
- Contact information is typically available on the homepage of the site or the "About" or "Contact" page
Last Update: 30 Mar 18:46