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  • 1. EVALUATING WEBSITES
    Laura Brody
    Library Media Center
    2010
  • 2. Central Question:
    Why is it essential to evaluate a website before using it?
    Answer: To ensure that the information you are using for your research is credible,
    accurate, and relevant.
  • 3. WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN EVALUATING A WEBSITE:
    Who is the author?
    What is the purpose?
    Is it current?
    Is it accurate?
    Is it objective?
    Is it relevant?
  • 4. Author
    Who wrote the pages?
    Are they an expert in their field?
    Is there a biography of the author?
    Is there contact information for the author?
  • 5. Purpose
    What is the intent or purpose of the site?
    What information is the author trying to communicate?
    Is the website educational, commercial, personal, governmental, institutional?
    Tip: Check the website extension:
    .gov (governmental), .org (organizational),
    .com (commercial), .edu (educational), etc.
  • 6. Current
    When was the website originally created?
    When was it last updated?
    Are there broken links on the site?
  • 7. Accurate
    Can the information be double-checked in another source?
    Is there a list of references?
    Are there more than a couple of grammar or spelling mistakes?
    Do the links to other pages lead to credible sources?
  • 8. Objective
    Does the information seem biased or slanted towards one point of view?
    Is the website trying to persuade you in any way?
  • 9. Relevant
    Is the information on the website useful for your topic?
    Does this website contain some new or different information from other sites?
  • 10. Dubious Website
  • 11. Conclusion
    The Internet is filled with dubious websites containing inaccurate and misleading information.
    SO…
    It is essential to evaluate each website to ensure that the information you are using is credible, accurate, and relevant!
  • 12. WORKS CITED
    Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Library. Website Evaluation Checklist. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2010. <http://library.acphs.edu/ PDFs/Website%20Evaluation%20Checklist.pdf>.
    The Jackalope Conspiracy. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2010. <http://www.sudftw.com/jackcon.htm>.
    Schrock, Kathy. ABC's of Web Site Evaluation. N.p., 15 Jan. 2007. Web. 11 Mar.  2010. <http://kathyschrock.net/abceval/>.
    Tate, Marsha, and Jan Alexander. "Teaching Critical Evaluation Skills for World Wide Web Resources." Internet Librarian (Nov.-Dec. 1996): 49-55. Web. 11 Mar. 2010.
    University of Maryland. University Libraries. “Evaluating Websites." Guides to      Information Resources. University of Maryland, 16 Feb. 2007. Web. 11 Mar. 2010.
    <http://www.lib.umd.edu/guides/evaluate.html>.

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