Online Tutorial for Computerized Information in Agriculture
 
Participating planning searching learning & evaluating
 

Introduction

Logic of Evaluation
Module C (1) Concept Mapping
Module C (2) Mental Imagery
Module C (3) Narrative
Additional Evaluation Criteria
Decision Chart

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Additional evaluation steps for information from the internet


1. Authorship

Check the author's qualification by whether they are from the academic, business or and government sector, and explore relevant information accordingly. For example, if the author is a professor, check her/his professional web page or the institutional website.

If the author is unfamiliar, you can use these tools, or you can use a web search for a particular university, governmental agency or industry with which the author claims to be affiliated. This helps to establish the validity of an affiliation the author claims to have.

2. Trend of research

If an idea or finding with which you are not familiar is posted on the web, it is wise to access a research database that indexes scholarly publications to see if such an idea or finding has been discussed before. However, not being able to find any similar research is not sufficient to dismiss the validity of a claim, it only means further research is needed.

Sometimes, ideas or findings can be communicated through trade journals or the internet as faster ways to post the information. They might be so new that no formal research report has yet to be published. It is important to do more research before you decide on the information's validity.

3. Suspicious elements

a. Solicitation of donations.

b. Total opposition to historical facts or scientific findings that have been seriously and extensively researched.

c. No author name posted.

d. Posted by an entity that might resemble some governmental agency or commercial corporation, but with unclear content or strange information, or worst of all, seeming to have a hidden agenda. For example, emphasizing the nutritional value of a specific product by the manufacturer.