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Comparing Web Sites
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Comparing Web Sites

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  • 1. Comparing Websites<br />Information Literacy Instruction Educational Resources<br />
  • 2. Evaluating Educational Resources<br />Origin<br />Design<br />Content<br />Accessibility<br />Currency<br />
  • 3. What is the website’s origin?<br />The organization providing the site is clearly indicated. <br />There is information about the site&apos;s authors (About Us, Our Objectives, Modus Operandi, Mission Statement, etc.) <br />The site&apos;s creators have provided their credentials (if need be). <br />The site&apos;s creators have indicated the source of their materials where it is necessary to do so. <br />There is an address made available for further information and questions concerning the site&apos;s information and content. <br />
  • 4. Is the website well-designed?<br />The site&apos;s general appearance is appealing to its intended audience (colors, graphics, layout). <br />It is easy to navigate through the site -links are clearly marked and self-explanatory making navigation intuitive. <br />The links appearing on the site work (take the user to a new page). <br />Supporting pages have a link back to the site&apos;s main page. <br />The text on the site is easily readable (font, size, color scheme). <br />The graphics on the site serve a purpose and are not too big. <br />The site is not cluttered with advertising -overshadowing its content. <br />The site is interactive -there is something to DO on the site (game, fill-out forms, chat, newsgroup/message board, etc.). <br />The site&apos;s design and added features (graphics, sounds, video, databases, Active X, Shockwave, CGI, JavaScript and Java Applets) do not hinder the appeal of the site but enhance it. <br />
  • 5. Is the website’s content meaningful in terms of educational value?<br />The title of the site is indicative of its content. <br />The language is developmentally appropriate for its targeted audience. <br />The use of text and graphics as links is appropriate to level of understanding of targeted audience. <br />The targeted audience has required skills to comprehend content. <br />The targeted audience has required skills to navigate with ease through the site. <br />The site is free of spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, syntax errors, or typos. <br />The site promotes equal and just representations of racial, gender, and religious issues. <br />The content is informative. <br />The site contains a wealth of information and deserves more than one visit. <br />The site has links to other websites relevant to the same topic. <br />
  • 6. Is the website accessible?<br />The site does not take a long time to load. <br />The site provides a &quot;help feature&quot; or instructions on its use. <br />The site does not require special &quot;plug-ins&quot; or other types of special viewing helpers. If it does, this is clearly indicated. <br />The site does not require usage fees to be paid. <br />The site has rules to its use. <br />The site requires a registration or password to access and use it. <br />
  • 7. Is the website current?<br />The site has been recently updated. <br />The information recently updated is highlighted for the user. <br />There is a statement pledging to current updates. <br />
  • 8. www.oclc.org/worldcat<br />Origin ✔<br />Design ✔<br />Content ✔<br />Accessibility ✔<br />Currency ✔<br />
  • 9. www.bestedsites.com<br />Origin ✖<br />Design ✖<br />Content ✖<br />Accessibility ✖<br />Currency ✖<br />
  • 10. Resources<br />http://pages.infinit.net/seguind/evaluation.htm<br />http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/webcrit.html<br />http://library.duke.edu/services/instruction/libraryguide/evalwebpages.html<br />http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/<br />

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