Evaluating a Website Adapted from Alan November, 2008
Why do we need to evaluate websites? <ul><li>The World Wide Web is a lot like a flea market: there's a vast selection of s...
REAL strategy <ul><li>Before deciding to use a website for work at school (and probably before you use it to impress a gir...
R <ul><li>Read the URL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows/mainsite/in...
E <ul><li>Examine the content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the words, pictures, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the si...
A <ul><li>Ask about the author and publisher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you find the author’s name? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
L <ul><li>Look at the links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do the links on the webpage go? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do...
Before you use a website in your research-- evaluate it! <ul><li>Use your own brain to make decisions! </li></ul>
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Evaluating a website

  1. 1. Evaluating a Website Adapted from Alan November, 2008
  2. 2. Why do we need to evaluate websites? <ul><li>The World Wide Web is a lot like a flea market: there's a vast selection of sites to choose from but not a lot of order to it. Some sites are offered by reputable &quot;dealers&quot; and some from individuals who want to show off their personal favorite items. Sometimes it's hard to tell what's a hidden treasure, what's worth taking a look at, and what's a waste of time. ( ALA's ALSC children and Technology Committee ) </li></ul>
  3. 3. REAL strategy <ul><li>Before deciding to use a website for work at school (and probably before you use it to impress a girl/boyfriend!) you should evaluate it </li></ul><ul><li>Use REAL to help you remember! </li></ul>
  4. 4. R <ul><li>Read the URL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows/mainsite/index.html </li></ul></ul>Domain name: Do you recognize the name? Domain extension: .com=commercial which can be bought by anyone Everything after the forward slash directs you to a specific page of the website. If you delete everything after the slash you will go to the home page.
  5. 5. E <ul><li>Examine the content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the words, pictures, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the site up to date? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the information correct? Check at other sites. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. A <ul><li>Ask about the author and publisher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you find the author’s name? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the author an expert? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. L <ul><li>Look at the links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do the links on the webpage go? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do other sites say about the webpage? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Before you use a website in your research-- evaluate it! <ul><li>Use your own brain to make decisions! </li></ul>
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