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Website Workshop Powerpoint

  1. 1. Fact or Fiction?<br />The World Wide Web <br />and the tricks it will play on you.<br />
  2. 2. “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can&apos;t get fooled again‘” Former President George W. Bush<br />“…the internet is not something you just dump something on. It&apos;s not a truck. <br />It&apos;s a series of tubes.”<br />Former Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)<br />
  3. 3. <ul><li>The Internet: A bunch of computers that transfer information back and forth using fiber optic cables and telephone lines
  4. 4. Web Browser: A software platform you use to search the internet (Firefox, IE, Netscape)
  5. 5. Search Engine: The page you start at to begin your search (Google,, Yahoo, MSN, AltaVista)
  6. 6. Directory: Site where people determine the main subject of a Web page and categorize it based on topics and subtopics used by that directory (DMOZ) </li></ul>Anatomy of your WEB<br />
  7. 7. <ul><li>.edu
  8. 8. .gov
  9. 9. .mil
  10. 10. .org
  11. 11. .com
  12. 12. .net
  13. 13. .uk
  14. 14. /~ (personal page) (
  15. 15. If link doesn’t work, back-track to root (</li></ul>Anatomy of a URL<br />
  16. 16. Ask for EXACTLY what you want!<br />Quotes “” around phrases<br />Wildcards * for variations (Invest*) (Auto*) <br />Excluded words – for unwanted words<br />Boolean – AND, OR, NOT<br />Numerical ranges …<br />Advance Search is fun<br />The Power of Searching<br />
  17. 17. Does it stack up?<br />Pro = If you have fingers, you can write<br />Con = If you have fingers, you can write<br />History Tab tells all<br />Use as a jumping off point<br />…But what about Wikipedia?<br />
  18. 18. What’s at stake? How reliable does my information have to be?<br />What can the URL tell you in a search result?<br />What do others say about the page? Who links to it? Owns it?<br />Why was this page put on the web?<br />Inform with facts/data?<br />Share/disclose information?<br />Entice/sell products?<br />Explain/persuade one point of view over another?<br />Is this the website I want to use?<br />
  19. 19. What do I look for?The Big 4<br /><ul><li>Authority:Anyonecan publish on the web!
  20. 20. Accuracy: Reliable and Error-Free?
  21. 21. Bias/Objectivity: Both sides of issue present?
  22. 22. Timeliness/Currency: When was last update?</li></li></ul><li>Coverage: Is the site complete? Is it comprehensive?<br />Efficiency: Is access to the site consistent?<br />Appearance: Do the graphics support or deter? Overloaded by movement?<br />Links: Do the links work?<br />Navigability: Is it clear how to navigate the site?<br />Quantity: Is there too much information to process?<br />Requirements: Do you have to install, download, register? Personal Information?<br />Other factors to consider…<br />
  23. 23. <ul><li>Type in the URL you picked out
  24. 24. Note your first impressions
  25. 25. Evaluate the site for the Big 4
  26. 26. Authority
  27. 27. Bias
  28. 28. Accuracy
  29. 29. Timeliness</li></ul>At what point did you have your <br />“AH-HA-HA-HA” moment?<br />Give it a try!<br />
  30. 30. “I wasn&apos;t born a fool. It took work to get this way.” –Danny Kaye<br />&quot;Colleges don&apos;t make fools, they only develop them.” – George Lorimer<br />Go forth and search the Web<br />