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Graduate School of Theology & Christian Ministry Online

A guide for NNU's School of Theology and Christian Ministry

Scholarly or Popular? Tips for evaluating websites

The Internet is loaded with helpful resources, but remember to evaluate all information with these standards in mind:

  1. Purpose:  Does the level of discourse and presentation indicate that this is a scholarly site?
  2. Authority:  Is the author/creator a recognized expert in the field?  What are the academic credentials?
  3. Accuracy:  Are there obvious errors in content, grammar, spelling?
  4. Bias:  Is the presentation balanced with differing points of view and respectful tone?
  5. Timeliness:  When was the site last updated?

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