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