Be Clear About Your Purpose
"A high quality
Internet resource is one that satisfies the information needs of the user."
The Internet is an invaluable source of information especially for:
However the Internet may not always be the best source for the information you are seeking.
You need to be clear about the purpose of your evaluation. What are your information needs? What exactly are you looking for? What
type of Internet resource (if any) is likely to be able to help?
- ease of access
- instant access
- up to the minute information
The purpose of the evaluation will partly determine the quality criteria
you need to apply. What type of information would be acceptable to
meet your needs or the needs of the users you are serving?
Different people have different reasons for evaluating the quality
of an Internet resource eg:
academics may want to know whether a resource is useful for their research
librarians may want to know if a resource can meet the needs of their users
Internet service providers may want to know if a resource is worth linking
If you don't know what you are looking for on the
Internet you are likely to spend a lot of time drifting aimlessly through
What exactly are you looking for?
Jot down some keywords or concepts to
help clarify your purpose
|Please Note: Those interested in setting up a service
for others (virtual library, information gateway, Internet guide etc.)
may wish to see the extra modules on creating a Scope
Policy and a Collection Management Policy
for a service.
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