Web Page Evaluation Nick Rider Bowling Green State University EDTL 6360 Fall 2012
Topic Selected Abraham "Honest Abe" Lincoln ● ● ● ● The websites that were compared both are websites that provide information in regards to the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
Web Page # 1http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/abrahamlincoln
Web Page # 2http://www.angelfire.com/my/abrahamlincoln/index.html
Authority Whitehouse.gov Angelfire.com It is pretty obvious that the white Angelfire is the authoritative figure onhouse is the authoritative figure on this website. They are a free host for this website. anyone who wishes to build a website.
Accuracy Whitehouse.gov Angelfire.comThis website is very accurate without This website is very questionable links to other resources beyond the when it comes to whether or not it iswebsite. It is a government website a probable source. First off it is proven by the .gov suffix and it was hosted for free on Angelfire, which meant specifically provide any person in the world can two.background information on all of the Secondly it has advertisements all presidents of the United States. over the place. The information does appear to be in The website states the information depth and comprehensive, so I dug regarding Abraham Lincoln came deeper to find how well I could relyfrom a reliable source from the white on it. I was surprised to find a full house and provides bibliographic bibliography on the information, but information on the source. the website lacks parenthetical citations, or tie-ins to the sources.
Currency Whitehouse.gov Angelfire.com When I investigated the page there This website states clearly that thewas no updated last information but, information was last updated August at the bottom of the web page, the 21st, 2005 at the bottom of the page.bibliography information says that the source that the information came from was published in 2009 by the White House Historical Association.
Objectivity Whitehouse.gov Angelfire.comThe White House The informationHistorical Association published on thiswas responsible for website was collectedthe information from a very largepublished on the group of provenwebsite. So if there is sources all referencedany bias on the in the bibliographyinformation, it is page.American.
Which site would I choose? Whitehouse.gov This source would be the one that I would use for my students toresearch any of the presidents on the United States for solid, reliable information. Almost always, forresearch purposes websites that end in .gov are going to be the most accurate. I would not entirely rule out the second web page, but I would be very careful to double check any facts that are used on that page, before accepting them as facts.