What am I looking at?  or… How to Evaluate a Website Linda Murray Library  Media Specialist Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Hig...
What is the purpose of web searching? <ul><li>To find accurate, relevant information. </li></ul><ul><li>What do we look fo...
Accuracy <ul><li>Does the information seem accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information error-free? </li></ul><ul><li>Ar...
Authority <ul><li>Who is the author/ institution behind the website? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the author give credentials? <...
Objectivity <ul><li>Is the purpose of the site stated on the homepage? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the information seem believa...
Currency <ul><li>Does the site have an update or date of posting? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information up-to-date? </li></...
Functionality <ul><li>Is the site well organized or confusing? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the site load quickly? </li></ul><ul...
Hierarchy of Trust  for URL Domain Names
Works Cited <ul><li>Images: http://www.lifehack.org </li></ul><ul><li>Miller, S.C. (2004)  M.I.D.I.S.(Miller Internet Data...
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  1. 1. What am I looking at? or… How to Evaluate a Website Linda Murray Library Media Specialist Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
  2. 2. What is the purpose of web searching? <ul><li>To find accurate, relevant information. </li></ul><ul><li>What do we look for in a Website? </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy: is the information reliable? </li></ul><ul><li>Authority: who is the author? </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity: is the site objective or biased? </li></ul><ul><li>Currency: is the information up-to-date? </li></ul><ul><li>Functionality: how does the website work? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Accuracy <ul><li>Does the information seem accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information error-free? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there “about us” and “contact us” links? </li></ul><ul><li>Are bibliographic citations given? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Authority <ul><li>Who is the author/ institution behind the website? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the author give credentials? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the domain? .gov, .edu, .com., .org </li></ul><ul><li>Check the URL for ~ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Objectivity <ul><li>Is the purpose of the site stated on the homepage? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the information seem believable? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the site biased or trying to support an opinion? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Currency <ul><li>Does the site have an update or date of posting? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information up-to-date? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the information seem to be complete? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Functionality <ul><li>Is the site well organized or confusing? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the site load quickly? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the pictures relevant and clear? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the site easy to move through? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there broken links? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hierarchy of Trust for URL Domain Names
  9. 9. Works Cited <ul><li>Images: http://www.lifehack.org </li></ul><ul><li>Miller, S.C. (2004) M.I.D.I.S.(Miller Internet Data Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Scale). http://www.notrainnogain.org/Tech/MIDIS_handout.pdf </li></ul>
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