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 Searchhttp://www.google.com/ www.malepregnancy.com www.martinlutherking.org www.thekingcenter.org
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.http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ 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.
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?
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Resources Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questionsto Askhttp://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html ENG 102 EvaluationCriteriahttp://research.dom.edu/content.php?pid=39610&sid=292976 The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why Its a Good Idea toEvaluate Web Sourcehttp://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html The 5 W’shttp://kathyschrock.net/abceval/5ws.htm