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Information Literary Resources: Evaluating Web Resources

Evaluating Web Resources


To improve your skills to identify and evaluate web resources in order to retrieve reliable and useful information for your research.

Search Engines

Google (, Google Scholar (Beta) (, Google Japan (

Japanese Domain List (companies), (government), (academic institutions. Schools not included.), (schools - high school, kindergarten, etc), (organizations),

Five Criteria for Evaluating Web pages

  1. Accuracy
    • Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?
    • What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced?
    • Is this person qualified to write this document?
  2. Authority
    • Who published the document and is it separate from the "Webmaster?"
    • Check the domain of the document, what institution publishes this document?
    • Does the publisher list his or her qualifications?
  3. Objectivity
    • What goals/objectives does this page meet?
    • How detailed is the information?
    • What opinions (if any) are expressed by the author?
  4. Currency
    • When was it produced?
    • When was it updated?
    • How up-to-date are the links (if any)?
  5. Coverage
    • Are the links (if any) evaluated and do they complement the documents theme?
    • Is it all images or a balance of text and images?
    • Is the information presented cited correctly?


  1. Anime (
  2. The librarians guide to anime and manga. (

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