Encyclopedias contain authoritative information about a variety of topics in every field of knowledge. Entries are usually alphabetically arranged. Digital versions are searchable by keyword or subject. Subject encyclopedias provide in depth information on a single subject or a single field of activity.
Encyclopedias are good starting tools for research work!!!
The following are some online encyclopedias subscribed by the Library:
Vast amount of information is available on the Internet. It's easy to find, and it's free. However, as anyone can post information on the Internet, the quality and authority of information may vary a lot. Fake websites, satire websites are abundant and popular. Therefore, we should be cautious when choosing information from the Internet.
2. Common Evaluation Criteria
Authority is the extent to which material is the creation of a person or group recognized as having definitive knowledge of a given subject area.
Accuracy is the extent to which information is reliable and free from errors.
Objectivity is the extent to which material expresses facts or information without distortion by personal feelings or other biases.
Currency is the extent to which material can be identified as up to date.
Coverage & intended audience
Coverage is the range of topics included in a work and the depth to which those topics are addressed. the intended audience is the group of people for whom the material is created.
Source: Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web (2nd Ed.); by Marsha Ann Tate
Some websites were designed to be intentionally misleading. These websites may be parodies, satire, hoaxes, or designed to show students the importance of questioning information found on the web. Source: Teacher Tap - Professional Development Resources Educators and Librarians
Parodies/ satire : actually these are fake news, mainly for irony and humor. For example: