Researchers should evaluate the quality of information appearing online or in print based on five criteria--scope of coverage, authority, objectivity, accuracy and timeliness. This guide defines the criteria, documents incidents of questionable, false or fraudulent information as reported in the news or trade literature, provides examples of Web sites that illustrate good or bad information, and suggests strategies that help you detect bad information.
- Why Information Quality Matters
- Criteria for Quality in Information
- How to Evaluate Information
- Hoaxes and Other Bad Information
- Alerting Services on Bad Information