is Twiggy and I am here to teach you about
The author is the person who made the site you
are evaluating. It is the person who wrote the
content, designed the site, or is the person who
you can contact for more informtion. The author
for "Canada's next top Website" is me
and you can get in contact with me by clicking
on the "Contact the Author" link at
the bottom of every page of this website. This
will take you to page that has information about
me and how you can email me for more information.
It is important for a website to be accountable
and have an author who can be contacted or approached
for more information or to verify information.
If there is no author, or no way to find out who
made the website, or no one to contact, that is
a sign that the information on the website may
not be entirely trustworthy.
Some questions to ask yourself about the AUTHOR:
- Is there any information about the author(s)
of this site?
- Does the information indicate that the person
is qualified to write about this topic?
- Does the author have an association with a
university, company, or organization?
- Is contact information provided for the author?
[i.e. an e-mail address or mailing
If all of these things are provided, then you
can assume that the website is trustworthy and
that the information presented on the website
will be accurate and you can feel comfortable
using this website in your research.
So, now it is time for another mini-competition!
Go through your candidates and look at the AUTHOR!
Does each website have an author to contact? Are
they qualified? Are they associated with a University
or Organization? If any of your candidate websites
have none of these, it is time to ELIMINATE them
from the running for "Canada's Next Top Website".
Ready for Step 3?