Whether using a book, a scholarly article, or a Web site, it is important to use the following criteria to critically evaluate the information you locate:

Currency | Authority | Purpose | Point of view

When evaluating authority, ask yourself these questions:


For your assignment, you are investigating the pros and cons of Internet privacy. When searching, you are likely to find information written by authors with various backgrounds:
  • Journalists will report on public opinion polls and on government activities in newspaper and magazine articles
  • Special interest groups, organizations and associations that are for or against privacy on the Internet will create publications and, more likely, Web sites to disseminate information and voice their opinions
  • Experts and scholars in the fields of communications, computer science, public policy and social sciences may publish research studies that investigate various issues related to this topic.