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Website Evaluation Presentation

Website Evaluation Presentation






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  • Does it have section headings? Can you easily return to home or jump to another section of the site? Can you search the site? Are there graphs, charts, pictures that help understand the text? Is the site well-designed and readable?Are there a lot of ads that distract? What kinds of ads appear on the site?
  • com=commercial sites (vary in their credibility).gov=U.S. government site.org=organization, often non-profit. Some have strong bias and agendas.edu=school or university site (is it K-12? By a student? By a scholar?).store=retail business.int=international institutionac=educational institution (like .edu).mil=U.S. military site.net=networked service provider, Internet administrative site.museum=museum.name=individual Internet user.biz=a business
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  • Hey there! Have you evaluated?
    Is that site
    good enough to cite?
  • Hmmm.
    This one looks good.
    can I tell for sure?
  • Confusing!
    • Billions of websites out there
    • Many not worthy of your time
    • Don’t belong on your work cited page!
    • Treasure from trash
    • Sneaky web developers!
    • How to be #1 on a Google Search
  • Remember:Anyone can publish anythingon the Web!It is your job, as a researcher, to look for quality!
  • Yeah, and how can
    we be sure
    our teacher will
    it’s good
    enough to cite?
    Okay, so how
    do we know if
    a site is good?
  • Be a Detective: Use the Five W’s
    • Who?
    • What?
    • When?
    • Where?
    • Why?
  • Who!
    • Author? Person or organization?
    • Expert? His or her credentials? Education? Experience? Affiliation?
    • First-hand credibility? For instance, a Vietnam veteran or a witness to Woodstock?
    • Personal page or belongs to a major institution? (Clues pointing to a personal page: ~ tilde, %, users, members) For example: http://personal.statecollege.edu/~ejv114/
    • Is the page hosted by a free server like AOL, Tripod, Geocities? For example: http://aolmembers.com/joyciev328/civalwarsong
  • But what if I can’t
    find any
    author information?
  • Look for credibility clues!
    • Words and phrases to look for:
    • About us, Who Am I, Contact Us, FAQs, For More, Company Information, Profiles, Our Staff, Home
    • Go to the Home Page
    • http://www.statecollege.edu/history/middleages/chaucer/smith.htm
    • http://www.statecollege.edu/history/middleages/chaucer
    • http://www.statecollege.edu/history/middleages
    • http://www.statecollege.edu/history
    • http://www.statecollege.edu
  • What!
    • What makes the site easy to use?
    • What information is included and does this information differ from other sites?
    • What is the purpose of this site?
    • What might the author have in mind for this site?
  • URLs as clues to content
    • .com
    • .gov
    • .org
    • .edu, .us
    • .museum
    • .kids
    • .biz
    • .net
    • .mil
    • .name
  • When!
    • When was this site created?
    • When was it revised?
    • Are these dates meaningful in terms of your information needs?
    • Has the author of the page stopped maintaining it?
    • Be suspicious of undated material!
  • Where!
    • Did the author bother to document his or her sources?
    • If so, are his/her sources reliable and credible sources?
    • Is the material reproduced (accurately) from another publication? (Beware of grammar and spelling errors!)
    • What kind of hyperlinks did the author choose? Are the hyperlinks reliable and valuable?
  • Why?
    • Why is this information useful for my purpose?
    • Why should I use this information?
    • Why is this page better than another?
  • Remember, the Web is not your only choice
    • Did you visit three or more Websites to make sure you found the best one?
    • Did you use print sources?
    • Did you search FactCite?
    • Did you search World Book?
    • Did you check with your teacher and/or librarian for advice?
  • So, why should we care about all of this?
  • There are bigger questions in life!You will be using information to make important decisions!
    • Which phone should I buy?
    • What video game should I buy?
    • How can I get to the next level in my game?
    • Which college should I attend?
    • What courses should I take in high school in order to be prepared for college?
    You want to be able to ensure the information
    you choose is reliable, credible, current, balanced, relevant, and accurate!
  • Just as you evaluate your sources . . .
    Your teacher will evaluate your work based on the quality of the sources you select.
    Evaluate carefully.
    Don’t settle for good enough!
    Quality always counts!
  • Evaluation is important!Learn to be fussy!