|It is important to find out who created a
Web page -- not just names, but something about the authors that
indicate they are "good sources." If you can, look for information
authors. Often there are no authors listed, so instead you will need
to determine who is responsible for the site: a commercial
enterprise, a small business, a government body, an academic
institution, a professional association, an advocacy group, or just
an individual maintaining a blog under a disguised name.
It is easy to think that authors would not be writing
unless they were some kind of expert, but that is not always true.
Consider this paper on the Bay
Pigs that is now being offered for sale on the web.
You cannot see the whole paper, but notice that at the
bottom of the page there is only source is cited. That in itself
should be a warning that the paper has not been well researched,
but there is more. The source cited is Jared Weiner. I happen to
know this "expert." Jared is currently is a Senior Digital
Solutions Architect at ABC News, but I met him when he raised his
hand during a class on critical thinking almost 20 years ago. He
told me that a Bay of Pigs report he had posted online had over
100 links to it. Then he added that he had written the paper when
he was in the EIGHTH GRADE.
information is easily found,
but usually you will have to dig around. If you cannot find anything
the page itself, you can often find more by truncating the URL. For
example, truncating this webpage's URL http://www.icyousee.org/think/think3.html
will provide a little bit of information, but it won't make clear
actually is. Clues there, however, can help you track down the
information that author was a librarian at the Ithaca College Library when he created this site.