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Appendix

The PROMPT checklist

In the table below is a checklist to help you apply the PROMPT criteria, adapted from the Open University Safari. You can use this to help you evaluate a website.

PROMPT Site 1 Site 2 Site 3
Presentation
Is the information clearly communicated?
Look at language, writing style, structure and layout
Relevance
Does the information match your needs?
Look at the introduction or overview – what is it mainly about?
Objectivity
Is the author's position of interest made clear?
Do the writers state their position on the issue?
Is the language emotive?
Are there hidden, vested interests?
Method
Is it clear how the data was collected?
Were the methods appropriate?
How much data?
Is it representative?
Are there sources of bias?
Provenance
Is it clear where the information has come from?
Can you identify authors or organisations?
Are they well known?
How was it published?
Timeliness
Is it clear when the information was produced?
Does the date of the information meet requirements?
Is the information obsolete?
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