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  • Website EvaluationCredible or Not Credible?
  • How well do you know theinternet?Many of us use the internet everyday, but do you know how to find thingsyou can use for your research papers? Have you used….. a basic internet search engine for research ( examples Google, Bing,Yahoo) a .com sourcein yourresearch a .govor .edu websitein your research a library database A peer-reviewed, scholarly article
  • What are you going tolearn? A) how to effectively evaluate websites forscholarly research using 7 basic criteria1) Currency2) Coverage3) Accuracy4) Authority5) Objectivity/Bias6) Domain7) Design
  • Currency & Coverage Currency is extremelyimportant for your work tobe accurate. Has the page been keptup-to-date. Are there cleardates when informationwas published & updates? Is the information currentenough for your topic? Author’s credentials Scope-How in-depth is theinformation? Are there thingsleft out or overlooked? Is the information serious innature or is a spoof or parodyof information? Sources are cited Links are functioning
  • Accuracy The information is factbased versus opinion Many blog web pages areoperated by people withno credentials Spelling or grammarmistakes Does someone review oredit the content? Is itclearly listed? There should be bibliography(citations or links) to thesources of information. (Makesure to click on links to makesure they go somewhere). Does the facts or author checkout? Take time to check themout. Further investigation shouldclear up questions
  • Authority What information does this webpage offer that another doesnot? Original information (or primarysource) is important. Otherwisethe information could be usedto support an opinionunfounded by supportiveevidence. Be aware and find out if thereis an outside sponsor of thesite. Or if the sponsor is anorganization or for-profitcompany Is there an “About” or Author’sPage? Is the author qualified to writeon the topic? Are they anexpert? What credentials dothey have? There should be an easilyfound author that is attributedto writing the article
  • Domain A quick way to evaluate isby the domain. Generally, .gov, .edu, .mil,and some .org addressesare more reliable than .netand .com. International sites can beuseful depending on topic.Be aware of other 6 criteria! Examples Advanced Search
  • Objectivity/Bias Facts are important. Opinions areimportant information to include too ifthey are balanced and qualified withother information. Is this someone’s personal opinion orblog? Personal blog’s should be usedwith caution since many opinionbased and not produced foracademic use. Is the website or author trying to sellyou a product or service? This can bea The web site’s stated curriculargoals, objectives, and motives shouldmatch its content. If the content is based upon personalopinion, the author should make itknown to the reader. The content contains a neutral orpositive tone. Affiliations with other educationalorganizations/companies are stated.
  • Design Readability/Visuals Navigation Links Accessibility Free access
  • Let’s try to evaluateExamples Mankato, Minnesota Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division In Defense of Smokers Huffington Post
  • Blurred Lines What should you do if you are not sure if the site is usable? Check!!!! Authors credentials to the information Author’s name, email/contact info, or address/phone number is provided The purpose of the information is clearly stated and whom it is for Author responds to queries about the content. Information is updated Talk to a librarian or ask your professor. Don’t just assume it can be used, find information to back it up
  • What did you learn? A) How to effectively evaluate websites for scholarlyresearch using 7 basic criteria:1) Currency2) Coverage3) Accuracy4) Authority5) Objectivity/Bias6) Domain7) Design B) What to do if you are unsure about a source?
  • Any Questions?If you leave here today and think of any questions, please donot hesitate to contact me at or 773-318-6101You can also come find me or the another reference at thereference deskThank You!
  • Resources Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questionsto Ask ENG 102 EvaluationCriteria The Good, The Bad & The Ugly:
or, Why Its a Good Idea toEvaluate Web Source The 5 W’s