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    • E V A L U A T I O N O F WE B S I T E S WEBSITE CRITERIA
    • SITE SUFFIX • Government site? • www.whitehouse.gov www.state.gov • Organizational? • http://www.peta.org/ www.occupywallst.o rg • A dotcom site? • www.disney.com www.microsoft.com
    • URL SUFFIX AND WEBSITE PURPOSE • What does the URL says about the purpose of the web site? • .edu = academic, colleges/universities: Examples: www.ucla.edu www.harvard.edu www.csulb.edu www.calstate.edu • .gov = U.S. government produced: Examples: www.whitehouse.gov www.ca.gov www.usda.gov www.ed.gov
    • Org sites are usually organizational sites for charities, non-profit organizations and sometimes political advocacy groups: • .org = organization, usually charitable, religious or a lobbying group: Examples: www.peta.org www.occupywallst.org http://englishfirst.org/d/ http://www.rootsofchange.org/ • .com = business/marketing, e-commerce • Other URLs • .mil = military site .net = network
    • WEBSITE CRITERIA • Objectivity • Advocacy [.org and organizational sites] • Emotional appeals • Factual/Neutral • Government • educational • Authority • Authorship • Sponsor/organization • Appropriateness/revelance • Is the website relevant to your topic • Currency • Updated regularly • Presents updated perspective on topic
    • OBJECTIVITY? Animal Rights • Organizations present specific perspectives on issues they represent • Language Use [emotional versus factual]
    • ADVOCACY SITE Food Movement
    • EMOTIONAL APPEAL • Advocacy sites often have emotional appeal through weighted language Examples of emotional appeal and weighted language from www.peta.org
    • ADVOCACY WITHOUT STRONG EMOTIONAL APPEAL Or, sometimes they do not! You must still evaluate the information on advocacy websites carefully
    • BIASED PERSPECTIVE [EVEN IF YOU AGREE WITH CAUSE]
    • GOVERNMENT SITE [WILL PROBABLY CONTAINS STATISTICS AND FACTS] USDA federal government website
    • HOW TO FIND OUT ABOUT A WEBSITE Go to About Us. Also try Home page
    • AUTHORITY [UNIQUE TO WEB – CELEBRITIES AND CAUSES] Celebrity endorsement
    • ROLE OF CELEBRITY [ANOTHER LAYER OF EVALUATION YOU MUST CONSIDER]
    • MAY BE ADVOCACY BUT NOT .ORG Alternative news source .com suffix still presents advocacy perspective
    • AUTHORITY IS OFTEN MORE DEFINED IN PUBLISHED SOURCES Writer • Editor • Board Audience Writer Audience Published Sources Web Resources: • Website author • Website Publisher • Or it can be -- No one!
    • VALUE OF ADVOCACY WEBSITES Reasons to use advocacy websites: • Questions existing information [even factual] • Presents alternative perspectives on topics • Examines conflicting/opposing viewpoints on topics
    • EXAMPLES • Cigarette smoking: although an issue before websites, 20 years ago official government sources supported smoking as a non harmful, or neutral activity [supported by cigarette manufacturers] • Food safety/GMOs: although government websites maintain the safety of GMOs, independent websites may question this stance CorporationsGovernment Public Where advocacy meets conflicting motives
    • ACADEMIC/NONACADEMIC? Sources for scholarly information include govt and educational websites:
    • ACCURACY Is this information found and verified in other sources?
    • APPROPRIATENESS, RELEVANCY • How relevant is the information to your topic? • How would you use www.occupywallst.org in a research paper? • How does this compare to other sources of verified information: books, reference sources, reports
    • CURRENCY Look at bottom for date. This usually indicates last updated version of site.