Critically about Discipline-Based World Wide Web Resources
Grassian, UCLA College Library
World Wide Web has a lot to offer, but not all sources are equally valuable or
Critically About World Wide Web Resources offers some basic points to
consider. Here are additional points to consider regarding Web sites for
the site claim to represent a group, an organization, an institution, a
corporation or a governmental body?
the site offer a selected list of resources in a particular discipline or field
or does it claim to offer a complete list? (Note: Be
sure to check with a librarian on the range of information resources in a
the site refer to print and other non-Internet resources or just Internet resources?
a selected list is offered, are criteria provided describing how the list of
resources was chosen?
an explanation provided for use of particular criteria?
the site claim to describe or provide the results of research or scholarly
sufficient references provided to other works, to document hypotheses, claims
references cited fully?
the results be refuted or verified through other means--e.g., by use of library-related
any sort of third-party financial or other support or sponsorship evident?
advertising included at the site, and if so, has it had an impact on the
the site combine educational, research & scholarly information with
commercial or non-commercial product or service marketing?
designed the criteria used in selecting items for this site (if any), and who
selected the items listed?
the site officially or unofficially sponsored or supported by particular
groups, organizations, institutions, corporations or governmental bodies?
the researchers, scholars, groups, organizations, institutions, corporations or
governmental bodies listed as authors, sponsors or supporters, be verified as
such, and what are their qualifications?
up to date is the study or the site?
results of research studies reported in the style expected for that discipline?
references provided in the style normally used for documentation in that
there a fee for use of access to any of the information provided at this site,
or is all information at this site freely available?
there options for text only, non-frames and non-tables views of this Web
alternative text provided for images, to guide the visually-impaired?
Grassian holds a MLS in Library Science from UCLA and currently is the Instructional
Services Coordinator, UCLA College Library. Her professional background includes
teaching library and information sciences, and research to create and experiment
with use of an online database consisting of merged ready reference file data.
Her publications pertaining to various aspects of library science include
refereed journal articles, book chapters, books, and many Web Pages.
by Esther Grassian,
UCLA College Library @ 1997 Regents of the University of California.
Permission is granted
for unlimited non-commercial use of this guide.
Reproduced by the
CMSC with permission.