Using the Internet as a Source of Information
Learning About the Candidates
Step One: Clarify your own ideas
Step Two: Who's running for office?
Step Three: Gather information
Using the Internet
A Warning about the Internet: be very careful to enter the exact URL address of an organization. Many web sites use addresses very similar to those of other organizations.
Questions to Ask
- Who is the author of the site?
- What are the author's credentials?
- How knowledgeable is the author?
- Who is the sponsor of the site?
- What is the purpose or intent of the organization?
- What is the scope of this resource?
- Is the material free of errors? (typos and grammar mistakes should make you skeptical about the quality of the information, too)
- Where did the information come from?
- Does the material try to persuade you?
- Is the page promotional? (an ad or from the candidate)
- Could advertising on the page influence the content?
- Who is the intended audience?
-Is the information available in print or elsewhere?
- When was the site last updated?
- Are the links current and accurate?
- Does the site rely on the most current available information? If not, why not?
- Is the information easy to get to?
- Do the images improve or distract from the content?
- Does the site have its own search engine?
- Is the site always available?
- Is this a free site, or is there a cost?
- Do you have to register to use the site?
- Does the site rely on advertising to pay for itself?
Statistics and Polls