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    • FINDING AND EVALUATING WEBSITES
    • CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING A WEBSITE
      Authority
      Currency
      Accuracy
      Objectivity
      Content
    • AUTHORITY
      Is the author stated?
      Does he/she have the necessary education or experience on the subject?
      Is the page part of an individual's site or part of an organization's site? 
      Who is the sponsor?  How reputable is the sponsor?
      Is contact information available for the author or the sponsor?
    • ACCURACY
      Is the site free of obvious errors?
      Are the facts valid compared to other reliable sources?
      Does the author give proper attribution to borrowed information or knowledge?
    • OBJECTIVITY
      Does the author have a bias, taking a position on an issue, or giving only one side of the story?
      Is the site designed to promote or sell a service or product?
      What's the purpose of the site?  To what audience is the author writing?
    • CURRENCY
      Does the web page show when it was last updated?
      Is the information up-to-date?
      How current are the links?  Have some expired or moved?
    • CONTENT
      Does the site offer something unique that is not found elsewhere?
      Is the subject well-researched and covered comprehensively?
      Is the information well organized?
    • GOOGLE
      We know our students are using it but we can show them how to be better users of it.
      Advanced Google searching techniques
    • ALTERNATIVES TO GOOGLE
      There are many search engines that we can show our students and even require that they use for an assignment
    • GOOGLE SCHOLAR
      A scholarly version of Google, finds primarily journal literature as well as
      Theses/dissertations
      Books from scholarly publishers
      Preprint databases
    • GOOGLE BOOKS
      3 categories of books
      In print and in copyright-preview & purchase options (links to Amazon, Borders, etc)
      Out of print but in copyright- available online for preview and purchase.
      Out of copyright-can read, download and print
    • DIRECTORIES/INDICES
      Yahoo directory
      Librarian’s Index to the Internet
      DMOZ
    • “CLUSTERING” SEARCH ENGINES
      KartOO
      Quintura
    • METASEARCH ENGINES
      Zuula
      Dogpile
    • SUBJECT SPECIFIC SEARCH ENGINES
      Scirus-science
      Healthline-health information
      Agriscape-agriculture
      MathSearch-math
    • DOMAIN SPECIFIC SEARCH ENGINES
      Searchedu.com
      Google US Government Search
    • CONTENT SPECIFIC SEARCH ENGINES
      ClipBlast & Blinkx-for video
      MuviBee-music & music videos
    • WANT MORE?
      Try http://www.searchengineguide.com/searchengines.html
      A search engine directory/guide
    • Find and explore a search engine that interests you
      Think about an assignment that incorporates the use of this search engine & meets one or more of the IL standards.