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Evaluating Information

Learn how to determine whether or not a webpage is reliable.

What is a Blog?

A blog,or a web log, is an online journal or column about a particular subject or area of interest. This interest can be personal or professional. While they often have one author, blogs can also have multiple contributors. Blogs are one of the fastest ways to publish and promote new information. This can mean that even those written by experts and professionals in a field, can be fraught with misinformation and unnecessary editorials. Please use the questions below to decide whether a blog has value to your research and interests.

Evaluating Blogs:

Questions to consider when seeking information in a blog:

  • Who is the blogger?
  • What sorts of materials is the blogger citing?
  • Does this blogger have influence? Who and how many people link to the blog? Who is commenting? Does this blog appear to be part of a larger community?
  • Is this content covered in any depth, with any authority?