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Art & Art History Subject Guide: Evaluating websites

Guide to researching art and art history topics.

Article on evaluating internet sources

Summary of The CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation

from "Evaluating Internet Research Sources" by Robert Harris
 

Credibility

trustworthy source, author’s credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support.

Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.

 

Accuracy

up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy.

Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.

 

Reasonableness

fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone.

Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.

 

Support

listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied.

Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it)

Exercise

Take a look at these websites that come up on the first page of a Google search.

How appropriate are they for college assignments/scholarship? 

How did you decide?

https://www.vincentvangogh.org

https://www.artsy.net/categories

https://www.theartstory.org