Evaluate the timeliness of the site
Printed media is often considered to be out of date before it reaches
its audience. Some data gathered by electronic means can be
displayed immediately on the Internet while other information was
translated from printed materials that already fit the "out of date"
description. If a government manual is on-line, it can be edited
within minutes of new policy implementation, but was it?
With the exception of archival information, all sources should be
checked for currency. Email sent to a Listserv is dated. Many
websites post the date and, sometimes, the time of the last
modification to the information. This may be included in a stated
policy for the site or be given on individual files. Sometimes you will
find relevant information in a document header or footer. This may
help you determine if you revisit the site in the future for additional
or newer information.
Things to look for:
Center for the
- Posting and revision dates
- Policy statements for information maintenance
- Link maintenance - do the hyperlinks work?
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Originally published May 1996 by Lida L. Larsen, Assistant Director,
Collegial Relations and Information Services, Office of Information
Technology, University of Maryland, College Park. Revised
April 2006. Copyright Protected
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