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