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Age-Related Resources: Websites

This guide is a compilation of audiovisual, print, electronic and online materials about the topic of age that are available at the Harper College Library. Also included in this guide are links to the library's subscription databases that are most useful.

Website evaluation

The Internet offers a wealth of information on age-related topics, but not all of it is reliable. To be sure of the validity of your information, follow this Checklist for Evaluating Internet Resources:

WHO?
Who is the author of the piece?

Is the author the original source of this information?
YES/NO/CAN'T TELL

Does he/she list his/her occupation, years of experience, position or education?

With this information or lack of it, do you feel this person is qualified to write on the given topic?

WHERE?
What institution (company, organization, government, university) or Internet provider supports this information?

If it is a commercial Internet provider, does the author appear to have any affiliation with a larger institution?

If it is an institution, is it a national institution? Local institution? International institution?

Does the institution appear to filter the information appearing under its name?

Does the author's affiliation with this particular institution appear to bias the information?

WHAT?
When was this document created or last updated?

What appears to be the purpose of the document? (Inform, explain, persuade, etc.)

CONCLUSION:
Given all the information you determined from the above questions, is this Internet site an appropriate source of information for your topic?

Would you have any reservations in telling someone else to use this information? Would you make any disclaimers in using this information?

Age-Related Websites

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