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Using The Internet Part 2 Evaluate






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    • Taming the Beast Using the Internet Efficiently & Effectively
    • Bad Site! 2. Separating the wheat from the chaff
    • Bad Site! Believe it or not… This step is one of the keys to your entire academic career. Creative Commons Image by Luekk from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lenzkirch-Key.jpg Employers want to hire people with the ability to critically analyze information.
    • Authority Bias Currency Credibility Scope Bad Site! Evaluation Vocabulary Media Construct Creative Language Embedded
      • Five Core Concepts
      • All media messages are constructed .
      • Media messages are constructed using a creative language with its own rules.
      • Different people experience the same messages differently.
      • Media have embedded values and points of view.
      • Media messages are constructed to gain profit and/or power .
      • Source: Center for Media Literacy (CML).
      Bad Site! From the CML MediaLit Kit :
    • Bad Site!
      • Who wrote this? Can you find the name of the author?
      • Does this author have AUTHORITY ? Are they BIASED ?
      • Who published this? Is the author alone or affiliated with a larger organization? What is the PURPOSE of that organization and this site?
      • When was this written? Does this information have CURRENCY ?
      • Is this information CREDIBLE ? Does it conform to what you already know?
      • What is the SCOPE of information offered? Is it general or in-depth?
      Key Questions
    • Bad Site!
      • Content – words, vocabulary, images, multi-media
      • “ About ” page – self-description of publisher
      • Style – banner, colors, logo
      • Domain – http://www.igoldrush.com/alt_ext2.htm
      • Links – sites this page links to
      • Organization – navigation, labeling, sections
      Where to look for answers
    • Bad Site! Evaluate these sites with the criteria just discussed. Which would you use in an assignment about the dangers of smoking? The Challenge
      • http://www.lung.ca/protect-protegez/tobacco-tabagisme/facts-faits/index_e.php
      • http://www.smokingsection.com/issues1.html#smoke
      • http://www.bupa.co.uk/health_information/html/healthy_living/lifestyle/smoking/smoking_health.html
      • http://quitsmoking.about.com/od/tobaccostatistics/a/tobaccofacts.htm
      • http://www.davehitt.com/facts/index.html
      • http://myquitsmokingblog.com/
    • Bad Site! http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html A comprehensive plan: http://www.library.american.edu/tutorial/index_4.html http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html Step-by-step evaluation resources:
    • … but it’s so cute! Even bad sites need a home.
      • Sites which you deem to be
      • unauthoritative,
      • uncredible,
      • biased, or
      • lacking in currency
      • can still be used.
      However, your evaluation and reasons for inclusion should be explicitly stated ! Creative Commons image by Sannse from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pug_black_600.jpg
    • Go on to the next step: ASSESS