Stephanie HerfelLibrarianNewburgh Campus Library
Be a investigator…
Purpose Why was the website created? .edu and .gov sites are reliable .com generally exist to sell you something .org ...
Authority   Is the author’s name easy to find?   Is the author an expert on the topic?   Is an About Us page included?...
ABOUT UShttp://www.cancer.org/
Let’s Look at an Example… http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
Objectivity Why was the webpage created? Fact or an opinion? Look out for bias Bias = an opinion formed without eviden...
Currency (When?) When was the webpage written? When was the page last updated? Medical and technology- dates are import...
Coverage Is there enough information for  your purpose? Is the information provided  appropriate for college research? ...
Design How is the information arranged? Is it well organized? Is the webpage free of  spelling/grammar errors?
A reliable website has: Purpose. If your page was created to educate or help others and… Authority. If your page lists t...
Searching TipTo search within a specific top-level domain like.org, .edu, .govExamples: garlic site:.gov          dietary ...
Work CitedKapoun, Jim. "Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation: A guide for library instruction." C&RL News (July/August 1998)...
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  1. 1. Stephanie HerfelLibrarianNewburgh Campus Library
  2. 2. Be a investigator…
  3. 3. Purpose Why was the website created? .edu and .gov sites are reliable .com generally exist to sell you something .org sites are okay as long as the purpose is not to convince that an opinion is fact Who is the intended audience? Is there a lot of advertising on the page = Be critical!
  4. 4. Authority Is the author’s name easy to find? Is the author an expert on the topic? Is an About Us page included? Does the website have a contact page? .gov, .edu, or .org site? Are sources cited?
  5. 5. ABOUT UShttp://www.cancer.org/
  6. 6. Let’s Look at an Example… http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
  7. 7. Objectivity Why was the webpage created? Fact or an opinion? Look out for bias Bias = an opinion formed without evidence, facts, or knowledge.
  8. 8. Currency (When?) When was the webpage written? When was the page last updated? Medical and technology- dates are important Literature and history topics- dates are less important
  9. 9. Coverage Is there enough information for your purpose? Is the information provided appropriate for college research? Can the same information be found from a more credible source?(book, encyclopedia, or journal article)
  10. 10. Design How is the information arranged? Is it well organized? Is the webpage free of spelling/grammar errors?
  11. 11. A reliable website has: Purpose. If your page was created to educate or help others and… Authority. If your page lists the author credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu, .gov, .org, or .net) and… Objectivity. If your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective in presenting the information, and . . . Currency. If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date, and . . . Coverage. If your page has enough information to suit your purpose, and … Design If the information is well organized and free of errors then . . . IT HAS CREDIBILITY = A RELIABLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION!
  12. 12. Searching TipTo search within a specific top-level domain like.org, .edu, .govExamples: garlic site:.gov dietary supplement site:.edu
  13. 13. Work CitedKapoun, Jim. "Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation: A guide for library instruction." C&RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523.

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