information comprises several characteristics, including accuracy,
scope of coverage, objectivity, timeliness, authority, and
verifiability. Take time to recognize it. It could keep you well-informed, prevent you from relying on illicitly edited
save you money, or preserve your
health. It could even save a
Quality in Information
irrefutable and complete information. Tip: Is there a second
reliable source that gives the same information? Is it a
peer-reviewed source. Does the publisher use editors and fact
|Scope of Coverage:
extent to which the source explores a topic. Scope of coverage
may include a period of time, a geographic region, various
aspects of a topic, etc. Tip: Does the source offer information
about its scope?
bias with respect to interpretation or analysis of facts. Tip:
Is the source trying to persuade you? Who sponsors or publishes
the information? What can you discover about their
that is current at the time of publication. Tip: Does the source
provide a date for this specific Web page or entry, as opposed
to a general site revision date?
reliable source of information. Tip: Can you determine the name
of the author and publisher? Is the author a recognized expert
on the topic? What is the publisher's reputation?
of the facts or information with a second reliable source. Tip:
Does the material cite to its sources of information?