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EVALUATING WEBSITES     RIO HONDO COLLEGE                         Library                         Instruction             ...
ABOUT DOMAIN NAMESPurpose                       State or Country of Origin .com - commercial            .uk .org – nonp...
UNDERSTANDING THE URLhttp://www.stanford.edu/~ccarson/articles/am_left.h                        tm http:// is the protoco...
EVALUATION CRITERIAAuthorship – Do the authors have authority on the topic? .com, .org, .gov, .edu?Currency – Is this si...
WHO IS THE AUTHOR? Look for an “About Us” link on the page. Is it a personal page? Check for a tilde (~) in the URL. If...
STILL NOT SURE?Try Googling the author’s name.Clayborne Carson                                  5
EVALUATION STARTS ON RESULTS PAGE Let’s look at Google:            www.google.com                                    6
LET’S PRACTICECarefully read thefollowing question andthen examine the twowebsites to see whichwould be the betterchoice. ...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper about theologian Dietrich  Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the N...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper about the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for a history cl...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper on Sojourner Truth and want to  find verifiable biographical inf...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing an essay exploring the life and work of Chinua  Achebe and want to learn more abo...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing an essay about the health aspects of choosing a  vegetarian diet. Which of the fo...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper exploring the pros and cons of  using “marriage promotion” as a ...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper exploring the life of  Christopher Columbus. Examine both sites ...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are thinking about buying a new cell phone. You would like  to read what some reviews about c...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a paper about the use and abuse of pesticides.  Which web site would you use?    ...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?Compare these two websites and determine their purpose, exper tise (authority), and credibility. ...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?Compare these two websites and determine their purpose, exper tise (authority), and credibility. ...
WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?Compare these two websites and determine their purpose, exper tise (authority), and credibility. ...
REVIEW OF EVALUATION CRITERIAAuthorship: Do the authors have authority on the topic? .com, .org, .gov, .edu?Currency: Is t...
CREDITSThanks to Stephanie Wells, who created the original PowerPoint presentation upon which this one is based.         ...
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  1. 1. EVALUATING WEBSITES RIO HONDO COLLEGE Library Instruction Fall 2012 Adele Enright
  2. 2. ABOUT DOMAIN NAMESPurpose State or Country of Origin .com - commercial  .uk .org – nonprofit entities  .ca .gov – government  .ca.us agencies  .ca.gov .edu – educational (www.dmv.ca.gov) institutions 1
  3. 3. UNDERSTANDING THE URLhttp://www.stanford.edu/~ccarson/articles/am_left.h tm http:// is the protocol or access method www.stanford.edu is the domain or host name .eduis the top level domain ~ccarson/articles/am_left.htm is the directory path folder on the domain computer 2
  4. 4. EVALUATION CRITERIAAuthorship – Do the authors have authority on the topic? .com, .org, .gov, .edu?Currency – Is this site out of date for your topic?Accuracy – Works cited? Does the information fit with what you know?Purpose – Why was the site created? 3
  5. 5. WHO IS THE AUTHOR? Look for an “About Us” link on the page. Is it a personal page? Check for a tilde (~) in the URL. If you can’t figure out who is responsible for the page, try truncating the URL:http://www.stanford.edu/~ccarson/articles/am_left.htm 4
  6. 6. STILL NOT SURE?Try Googling the author’s name.Clayborne Carson 5
  7. 7. EVALUATION STARTS ON RESULTS PAGE Let’s look at Google: www.google.com 6
  8. 8. LET’S PRACTICECarefully read thefollowing question andthen examine the twowebsites to see whichwould be the betterchoice. 7
  9. 9. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper about theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the Nazis for his opposition to Hitler. Which of the following sources would be a better place to get an overview of his life and work? A. Bonhoeffer www.pbs.org/bonhoeffer B. Dietrich Bonhoeffer www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/bonhoeffer C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 8
  10. 10. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper about the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for a history class. Which site provides better information about bridge aerodynamics for you and your audience? A. Computational Bridge Aerodynamicswww.bridgeaerodynamicslab.us/index.htm B. Mark Ketchum’s Bridge Aerodynamics Pagewww.ketchum.org/wind.html C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 9
  11. 11. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper on Sojourner Truth and want to find verifiable biographical information about her. Which of the following sources would be the better choice? A. Sojourner Truth – Society for The Study of American Women Writershttp://www.lehigh.edu/~dek7/SSAWW/writTruthBio.htm B. Sojourner Truth – African American Historical Figurehttp://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory/nsotrue.html C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 10
  12. 12. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing an essay exploring the life and work of Chinua Achebe and want to learn more about Achebe’s views. Which of the following sources would be the better choice? A. Chinua Achebe www.kirjasto.sci.fi/achebe.htm B. The Failure Interview: Chinua Achebe by Jason Zaskyfailuremag.com/index.php/feature/article/chinua_achebe C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 11
  13. 13. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing an essay about the health aspects of choosing a vegetarian diet. Which of the following sources would be a better place to get objective scientific information? A. Meat vs. Vegetarian Diet http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article/meat -vs-vegetarian- diet-your-best/ B. Vegetarianism in a Nutshell: Healthwww.peta.org/living/vegetarian -living/vegetarianism-in-a- nutshell-health.aspx C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 12
  14. 14. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper exploring the pros and cons of using “marriage promotion” as a means to decrease pover ty and improve families’ well -being. Which source below would be a more reliable source of statistics? Be prepared to explain your reasoning. A. The Heritage Foundation www.heritage.org/Research/Family/cda0306.cfm B. The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Studywww.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/ C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 13
  15. 15. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a research paper exploring the life of Christopher Columbus. Examine both sites and decide which site is more credible and authoritative. A. Explorers A to Z http://allaboutexplorers.com/explorers/columbus B. Florida Natural History Museum – Caribbean Archaeologyhttp://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/caribarch/columbus.htmC. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 14
  16. 16. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are thinking about buying a new cell phone. You would like to read what some reviews about cell phones. Which web site would you use? A. Center for Consumer Freedom http://www.consumerfreedom.com B. Consumer Reports http://www.consumerreports.orgC. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 15
  17. 17. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?You are writing a paper about the use and abuse of pesticides. Which web site would you use? A . The Ef fects of Pesticides from the Global Healing Centerhttp://www.globalhealingcenter.com/effects -of- pesticides.html B. Pesticides in Fish and Shellfish from the Environmental Defense Fund http://apps.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16263C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 16
  18. 18. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?Compare these two websites and determine their purpose, exper tise (authority), and credibility. A . Factcheck.org http://www.factcheck.org B.JustFacts.com http://www.justfacts.comC. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 17
  19. 19. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?Compare these two websites and determine their purpose, exper tise (authority), and credibility. A. Chiropractic: An Introduction from the National Center for Complementar y and Alternative Medicine http://nccam.nih.gov/health/chiropractic/introduction.htm B. Chiropractic Quick Facts from the International Chiropractors Association http://www.chiropractic.org/?p=chiroinfo/mainC. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 18
  20. 20. WHICH SITE WOULD YOU USE?Compare these two websites and determine their purpose, exper tise (authority), and credibility. Which one would you use? A. Use of Drugs in Farm Animals: Benefits and Riskshttp://books.nap.edu/openbook .php?record_id=5137&page=R1 B. Antibiotic Residues Extremely Rarehttp://olsonpr.com/2010/08/25/rare -antibiotic-residues-in-beef/C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable. 19
  21. 21. REVIEW OF EVALUATION CRITERIAAuthorship: Do the authors have authority on the topic? .com, .org, .gov, .edu?Currency: Is this site out of date for your topic?Accuracy: Works cited? Does the information fit with what you know?Purpose: Why was the site created? 20
  22. 22. CREDITSThanks to Stephanie Wells, who created the original PowerPoint presentation upon which this one is based. 21
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