Don’t believe everything you Read… Evaluating internet resources
What can the URL tell you? Is it somebody's personal page? Read the URL carefully: Look for a personal name following a tilde (~) percent sign ( % ) the words "users," "members," or "people.” Example http://share.umasd.org/~khokanson
Who PUBLISHES the site Does the publisher of the site make sense? The server is usually named in first portion of the URL (between http:// and the first /) Example: http://umasd.org/
Domain Reliability Extensions can possibly indicate reliability Does it have an appropriate domain extension? a .edu extension indicates a college or university a .org extension indicates an organization a .gov extension indicates a governmental entity a .com indicates a commercial enterprise
Techniques for Web Evaluation Scan the page perimeter & look for: About us, Philosophy, Background, Biography Truncate back page for more about the author Is there contact information / email? Look for the date "last updated" (BOTTOM) Check the date on all the pages on the site. What are the author's credentials on this subject?
Is this quality information? Are sources documented (footnotes or links) Are there links to other resources on the topic? Are the links well chosen? Do the links work? Do the links represent other viewpoints? Do the links indicate a bias?
Why was the page put on the web? Inform, give facts, give data? Explain, persuade? Sell, entice? Share? Disclose?
Try it out… Visit this list of websites to evaluate: http://www.diigo.com/list/khokanson/web_evaluation Fill out this web evaluation form for one of the sites listed http://snipurl.com/web-eval