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  • 1. Evaluating Websites
  • 2. It can be confusing
    • There are billions of websites available
    • Many of them are not worth your time and have no place in your bibliographies
    • Sometimes it’s hard to tell the good from the bad
      • Often, people will try very hard to make their website look good when it isn’t
    • It’s your job as a researcher to look for quality
  • 3. Think of CARDS
    • C redibility/Authority
    • A ccuracy
    • R eliability
    • D ate
    • S ources Behind the Text
  • 4. Credibility/Authority
    • Who is the author?
  • 5. But What If I Can’t Find Any Author Information?
    • Look for credibility clues!
      • Words and phrases to look for:
        • About Us, Who Am I, FAQs, For More, Company Information, Profiles, Our Staff, Home
  • 6. Find the URL root
    • The URL is the internet site’s web address
    • Delete characters in the address line up to the next slash mark to see if a main page offers more information about who is responsible for publishing the page you are interested in.
    • Go from
      • http://www.statecollege.edu/history/middleages/chaucer/smith.htm
      • http://www.statecollege.edu/history/middleages/chaucer
      • http://www.statecollege.edu/history/middleages
      • http://www.statecollege.edu/history
      • http://www.statecollege.edu
  • 7. Accuracy
  • 8. Reliability
    • Understanding bias is important .
  • 9. Date
  • 10. Sources Behind the Text
    • Did the author document his or her sources?
      • Did the author use reliable, credible sources?
      • Where are those sources from? Popular, scholarly?
    • What kind of links did the author choose?
      • Are the hyperlinks reliable, valuable? Do the links work?
  • 11. URLs as a Clue to Content
    • .com
      • Commercial site (vary in their credibility)
    • .gov
      • U.S. government site
    • .org
      • Organization, often non-profit. Some have strong bias and agendas.
    • .edu
      • School or university site (Is it k-12? By a student? By a scholar?)
    • .net
      • Networked service provider. Internet administrative site.
    • .name
      • Individual internet user
    • .biz
      • A business
    • ~
      • Personal site
  • 12. What Do These URLs Reveal About These Sites?
    • http://personal.statecollege.edu/~ejv114/
    • http://www.fi.edu/wright/index.html
    • http://www.house.gov/house/Legproc.html
    • http://aolmembers.com/joyciev328/civalwarsong
  • 13. Remember, the Web is Not Your Only Choice!
    • Did you use print resources?
    • Did you search subscription databases?
  • 14. Why Should You Care About All This?
    • http:// zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
    • Evaluation is ridiculously important. It isn’t just about the internet.
    • Just as you evaluate your sources, your teacher will evaluate your work based on the quality of the sources you select.
    • Evaluate carefully. Don’t settle for good enough! You can find better!
    • Evaluation is important! Be picky!
  • 15. In Class Assignment
    • Working collaboratively, find a website that supports your research topic.
    • Fill out your Evaluating a Website worksheet for your chosen website. Fill out as much information as possible. You will be handing this in.
  • 16. Works Cited
    • Beck, Susan. “Evaluation Criteria.” The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Or, Why It’s a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources . 3 Apr. 2008. NMSU Lib. 20 Oct. 2008 <http://lib.nmsu.edu/‌instruction/‌evalcrit.html>.
    • Valenza, Joyce. “Is That Site Good Enough to Cite?” Springfield Township School District . 20 Oct. 2008 <http://www.sdst.org/‌shs/‌library/‌powerpoint/‌evaluation.ppt>.

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