Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web

Evaluating Information From Blogs

A Weblog (also known as a blog) is a Web page that functions as a publicly accessible unedited online journal. The journal can be formal or informal in nature and is usually updated on a daily basis by the author (U.S. Department of State n.d.; U.S. Legal Services Corporation 2007).

Questions to Ask About Information Provided by a Blog

  • Who is hosting or sponsoring the blog?

  • Does the author of the post provide links or citations to sources of factual information? If so, attempt to go back to the original source.

  • Does the author provide a profile or other information that can help determine her/his qualifications for  writing on the subject? 

  • Is the blog featured or mentioned on other Web sites? If so, which ones?

  • Is the blog mentioned in newspapers, television/radio new casts, or other conventional media outlets? If so, which ones? 

  • Does the author maintain other blogs, Web pages, or sites?

Sources Cited:

U.S. Department of State. Bureau of International Information Programs. n.d. Glossary. [ Washington , DC ]: U.S. Dept. of State.

U.S. Legal Services Corporation. Technology Initiative Grants Program. 2007. Tech glossary. Washington, DC: Legal Services Corporation. http://tig.lsc.gov/techglossary.php (accessed November 27, 2009).

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. 2008. Implications of recent Web technologies for NARA Web guidance. College Park, MD : U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, 2008. http://www.archives.gov (accessed January 19, 2008).

Copyright Marsha Ann Tate, Ph.D., 2009-2011.
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