Adapted from Alan
Why do we need to evaluate
The World Wide Web is a lot like a flea market:
there's a vast selection of sites to choose from
but not a lot of order to it. Some sites are offered
by reputable "dealers" and some from
individuals who want to show off their personal
favorite items. Sometimes it's hard to tell what's
a hidden treasure, what's worth taking a look at,
and what's a waste of time.
Before deciding to use a website for work
at school you should evaluate it
Use REAL to help you remember!
Read the URL
Domain name: Do you
recognize the name?
which can be bought
Everything after the
forward slash directs
you to a specific page
of the website. If you
delete everything after
the slash you will go to
the home page.
Examine the content
at the words, pictures, etc.
Is the site up to date?
Is the information correct? Check at other
Ask about the author and publisher
you find the author’s name?
Is the author an expert?
Look at the links
do the links on the webpage go?
What do other sites say about the webpage?
Before you use a website in your
Use your own brain to make decisions!