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