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  • 1. By Mrs. Rannow
  • 2.  You should be checking 5 things to determine if a website will be valuable to your research: Currency Authority Accuracy Relevance Point of View
  • 3. On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:It was produced  The page was notrecently. produced recently. The page was notIt was updated updated recently.recently.  The links are notThe links are current. current.There are few or no  Many links are dead.dead links. The information on the page is outdated.The information on thepage is up-to-date.
  • 4. On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:The author is separate  The webmaster is thefrom the webmaster. only name listed, if any areThe site is hosted by a listed at all.reputable group (.gov,  The site is not hosted a reputable group.  The site is not sponsoredThe site is sponsored by a known group orby a recognized group organization.or organization.  The source is unreliable.The source of theinformation is reliable.  If there is an author, no credentials are listed.The site has receivedawards.
  • 5. On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:You can find the author.  You can’t figure out who wrote theThe information is information.accurate.  The information is notThe document was accurate.written for informational  The document waspurposes. written to inflame orThe author is qualified to incite.write about the topic.  The person writing theThere is a way to contact document does not havethe author. expertise in the field.  If there is an author, there is no way to contact
  • 6. On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:The title of the page  The title does notclearly represents the represent the contents.contents.  The links do not matchThe links make sense on the content of the page.the page.  There are more images than text.There is a balance  The information is notbetween the text and the cited.images.  The information is notThere is a bibliography. accurate and/or does notThe page contains match your purpose.accurate information that isuseful for your purpose.
  • 7. On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:The information provides  The information isboth points of view. slanted. You can verify the  You can’t verify theinformation elsewhere. information is factual.  Opinions are expressed If there are opinions in an inflammatory way.expressed, they are expressed  The site is a mask forin such a way as not to be advertising.inflammatory.  Those that link to theThe site is not a mask for site are not reputable.advertising.Other people andorganizations who link to thesite are reputable.
  • 8. Currency: If your page is current and updated regularly and thelinks are up-to-date and…Authority: If your page lists the author’s credentials and itsdomain is a preferred one and…Accuracy: If your page lists an author who is qualified and who canbe contacted and has information that fits your purpose and…Relevance: The title and links make sense on the page, there is abibliography and accurate information with a balance of picturesand…Point of View: If your page provides unbiased information withlimited advertising and it presents both points of view then…
  • 9. Kapoun, Jim. "Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation: A guide for library instruction." C&RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523