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GU-Q: IPOL387: the European Union and the GCC in Comparative Perspective

Evaluating Web Sources

It is important to be careful to critically evaluate any primary source material that you find on the Internet.

Here in the library, we recommend reviewing these five evaluative criteria in terms of information on the Internet.

  • Authorship
  • Publishing body
  • Currency (of the document itself)
  • Referral to and/or knowledge of the literature
  • Point of view or bias

From Johns Hopkins University, Library Guide on Evaluating Information Found on the Internet


Currency: the timeliness of the information

Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs

Authority: the source of the information

Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content

Purpose: the reason the information exists