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  • 1. Evaluating Websites 10/12/2010
  • 2. Why do we need to evaluate websites? <ul><li>The internet contains vast, seemingly infinite amounts of information. </li></ul><ul><li>The internet is a fantastic tool for self-expression and for sharing information. </li></ul><ul><li>However, the bar to publishing something on the internet is almost non-existent. </li></ul><ul><li>It is up to you to determine the validity of the information you find on the internet. </li></ul>
  • 3. Look at the source/URL <ul><li>What is the domain? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.com – commercial site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.org – organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.edu – educational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.gov .mil .us – government </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is it a personal site? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AOL or Geocities? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>/~johndoe ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ users” “homepages” “people” in the URL? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluate / all parts of / the URL </li></ul>
  • 4. Search Tools <ul><li>Searching Google for “site:.edu” will return pages only on servers from universities </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/search?q=mozart+site%3A.edu&amp;ie=utf-8&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;aq=t&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>http://scholar.google.com/ </li></ul>
  • 5. Authority: who wrote it? <ul><li>Look for “About” “Background” “Biography” or “Contact” links </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the author? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it an organization or agency? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are their credentials? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an email is not enough information! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who is the publisher? </li></ul>
  • 6. Currency: When was it written? <ul><li>Look for any “Last Updated” or “Published on” or “Copyright” information </li></ul><ul><li>What is the nature of the information? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistical? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Historical? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current hot topic? </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Search Tools <ul><li>If you can find an author’s name, search for it on Google to find out more </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Wayback Machine to find out when the site was last updated: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.archive.org/web/web.php </li></ul>
  • 8. Quality: references, footnotes, links <ul><li>Are sources documented? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there a bibliography or footnotes? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are there links to other sites? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do the links work? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is the information reproduced from somewhere else? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copyright information? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bias – is only one side of the argument represented? </li></ul>
  • 9. Reputation: what do others say? <ul><li>Do other sites often link it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do they say about? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Has it been indexed in a reputable web directories? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians Index to the Internet http://lii.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The WWW Virtual Library http://vlib.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infomine http://infomine.ucr.edu/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Could the site be a hoax? </li></ul>
  • 10. Search Tools <ul><li>Searching Google for “link:http://www.yourURLhere.org” to see all the sites that link to that URL. </li></ul><ul><li>Hoax-checkers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.snopes.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List of Known Hoax Websites from the Open Directory Project </li></ul></ul>

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