Website Evaluation 2009

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  • 1. Website Evaluation Content adapted from: Beck, Susan.  The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why It’s a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources .  1997.  http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/eval.html Image courtesy of Kristen King
  • 2. Spend a few minutes exploring this site. What are your general impressions of the webpage?
  • 3. Five Criteria for Web Evaluation
    • Authority
    • Accuracy
    • Objectivity
    • Currency
    • Coverage
  • 4. Authority
    • Is there an author? Is the author qualified?
      • Look for a header or footer showing affiliation.
      • Look at the URL. http://www.fbi.gov
      • Look at the domain: . edu, .com, .uk, .org, .net
    • Anyone can publish anything on the web.
    • It is often hard to determine a web page's authorship.
  • 5. Are you able to identify the author of this site and/or the organization who created it? If not, how might that affect the usefulness of the information?
  • 6. Accuracy
    • Is the information reliable and error-free?
    • Is there an editor or someone who verifies/checks the information?
    • Unlike traditional print resources, web resources rarely have editors or fact-checkers.
    • Currently, no web standards exist to ensure accuracy.
  • 7. Does the author cite any of his sources on the site? If not, how might that affect the accuracy of the information?
  • 8. Objectivity
    • Does the information show a minimum of bias?
    • Is the page designed to sway opinion?
    • Is there any advertising on the site?
    • Websites are often a “soapbox” for personal opinion.
  • 9. Is there any evidence of bias on this page? If so, how might that affect the usefullness of the information?
  • 10. Currency
    • Is the page dated?
    • If so, when was the last update?
    • How current are the links? Have some expired or moved?
    • Publication or revision dates are not always provided.
  • 11. Is this page up to date? If not, how might that affect the usefulness of the information?
  • 12. Coverage
    • What topics are covered?
    • What does this page offer that is not found elsewhere?
    • How in-depth is the material?
    • Frequently, it's difficult to determine the extent of coverage of a topic from a web page. The page may or may not include links to other web pages or print references.
  • 13. Does this site provided detailed/in-depth information? If not, how might that affect the usefulness of the information?
  • 14. Remember: A Good Website Has…
    • Authority
    • Accuracy
    • Objectivity
    • Currency
    • Coverage