Created by Karen Christensson Adapted by the SAISD Librarians
Hail a R.A.D.C.A.B.  A mnemonic acronym for information evaluation <ul><li>initials to help remember how to evaluate a web...
<ul><li>Anyone on Internet </li></ul><ul><li>No qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>No one checking it </li></ul><ul><li>Look...
Must R.A.D.C.A.B. All Web Sites
<ul><li>R for Relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>A for Appropriateness </li></ul><ul><li>D for Detail </li></ul><ul><li>C for Cur...
<ul><li>Is the information relevant to the question I am asking? </li></ul><ul><li>Can it answer my question or does it ha...
<ul><li>Is the information suitable to my age and my “core values”, what I know to be right and wrong?  </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>How much information do I need?  </li></ul><ul><li>Does it cover enough information to answer many of my questions...
<ul><li>When was the information published? </li></ul><ul><li>When was it last updated?  </li></ul>
<ul><li>Who is the author of the information? </li></ul><ul><li>What are his or her qualifications? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Why was this information written? </li></ul><ul><li>Was it written to inform me, persuade me, or sell me something...
<ul><li>Remember you must R.A.D.C.A.B. it! </li></ul><ul><li>Start with R </li></ul><ul><li>Relevancy </li></ul>Where Do Y...
<ul><li>Requires websites that answer your questions </li></ul><ul><li>Must form questions that focus on topic </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Different levels of information  </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t choose too young or too old </li></ul><ul><li>You know ri...
You can make sure it is appropriate.   <ul><li>Use databases and teacher-selected web sites for research  </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>Quickly scan article for needed information </li></ul><ul><li>Determine if it has enough facts </li></ul><ul><li>A...
Table of Contents, External Links, etc.
<ul><li>If there is a date, usually posted at top or bottom of page  </li></ul><ul><li>Is having a copyright date importan...
Look for Copyright Date
<ul><li>Word “author” comes from authority </li></ul><ul><li>With whom is the author affiliated?  </li></ul><ul><li>Can yo...
 
<ul><li>A personal judgment, opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Look for: </li></ul><ul><li>Web site mission statement </li></ul><u...
Domains Give Clues <ul><li>URL Domain Names </li></ul><ul><li>.com - commercial enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>.edu – academ...
Don't forget to R.A.D.C.A.B.! <ul><li>For any search engine website </li></ul><ul><li>R  for Relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>A...
The decision is yours!
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  1. 1. Created by Karen Christensson Adapted by the SAISD Librarians
  2. 2. Hail a R.A.D.C.A.B. A mnemonic acronym for information evaluation <ul><li>initials to help remember how to evaluate a website </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Anyone on Internet </li></ul><ul><li>No qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>No one checking it </li></ul><ul><li>Looks may be deceiving </li></ul><ul><li>Not trustworthy, reliable, truthful </li></ul>Why?
  4. 4. Must R.A.D.C.A.B. All Web Sites
  5. 5. <ul><li>R for Relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>A for Appropriateness </li></ul><ul><li>D for Detail </li></ul><ul><li>C for Currency </li></ul><ul><li>A for Authority </li></ul><ul><li>B for Bias </li></ul>A Process A way to grade/evaluate websites You are teacher
  6. 6. <ul><li>Is the information relevant to the question I am asking? </li></ul><ul><li>Can it answer my question or does it have nothing to do with it? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I on the right track or am I wasting my time? </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Is the information suitable to my age and my “core values”, what I know to be right and wrong? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it help me answer my question? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it fill the requirements of my teacher? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>How much information do I need? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it cover enough information to answer many of my questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the web site offer extra information with external links, internal search engines, indexes ? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>When was the information published? </li></ul><ul><li>When was it last updated? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Who is the author of the information? </li></ul><ul><li>What are his or her qualifications? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Why was this information written? </li></ul><ul><li>Was it written to inform me, persuade me, or sell me something? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Remember you must R.A.D.C.A.B. it! </li></ul><ul><li>Start with R </li></ul><ul><li>Relevancy </li></ul>Where Do You Start?
  13. 13. <ul><li>Requires websites that answer your questions </li></ul><ul><li>Must form questions that focus on topic </li></ul><ul><li>Use keywords and search phrases to narrow topic </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t type in full question </li></ul>Relevancy
  14. 14. <ul><li>Different levels of information </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t choose too young or too old </li></ul><ul><li>You know right from wrong: core values </li></ul><ul><li>Judge if information makes you feel confused or uneasy </li></ul>
  15. 15. You can make sure it is appropriate. <ul><li>Use databases and teacher-selected web sites for research </li></ul><ul><li>“ Police&quot; own Internet activity </li></ul><ul><li>“ Arrest&quot; (or suddenly stop) a site if &quot;you don't get it&quot; or &quot;feel uneasy&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Have &quot;exit strategy&quot; for inappropriate site </li></ul><ul><li>Alert librarian or teacher if uneasy with website </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Quickly scan article for needed information </li></ul><ul><li>Determine if it has enough facts </li></ul><ul><li>Any tables of contents/indexes on web site </li></ul><ul><li>Any external links </li></ul><ul><li>Any interactive and graphic elements </li></ul>
  17. 17. Table of Contents, External Links, etc.
  18. 18. <ul><li>If there is a date, usually posted at top or bottom of page </li></ul><ul><li>Is having a copyright date important for this website? </li></ul><ul><li>Are external links still current and relevant? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Look for Copyright Date
  20. 20. <ul><li>Word “author” comes from authority </li></ul><ul><li>With whom is the author affiliated? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you contact the author? How? Where? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you trust this author for accuracy? Why or why not? </li></ul><ul><li>Use online library databases </li></ul><ul><li>Paid subscriptions, reliable, trustworthy </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>A personal judgment, opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Look for: </li></ul><ul><li>Web site mission statement </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Type of language: </li></ul><ul><li>emotional </li></ul><ul><li>sarcastic </li></ul><ul><li>opinionated </li></ul>
  22. 23. Domains Give Clues <ul><li>URL Domain Names </li></ul><ul><li>.com - commercial enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>.edu – academic site </li></ul><ul><li>.gov – governmental agency </li></ul><ul><li>.org – organization, non/profit </li></ul><ul><li>.net – network service provider </li></ul><ul><li>.mil – military site </li></ul><ul><li>~Name-personal home page </li></ul>
  23. 24. Don't forget to R.A.D.C.A.B.! <ul><li>For any search engine website </li></ul><ul><li>R for Relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>A for Appropriateness </li></ul><ul><li>D for Detail </li></ul><ul><li>C for Currency </li></ul><ul><li>A for Authority </li></ul><ul><li>B for Bias </li></ul>
  24. 25. The decision is yours!

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