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Evaluating websites

  1. 1. EVALUATION CRITERIA Authorship, Currency, Accuracy, Purpose
  2. 2. Evaluation Criteria #1: Authorship <ul><li>What to look for: </li></ul><ul><li>Who is responsible for the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the authors have authority on the topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a commercial, governmental, personal, or academic web site? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Evaluation Criteria #1: Authorship <ul><li>.com – commercial (for profit) entities </li></ul><ul><li>.org – nonprofit entities </li></ul><ul><li>.edu – educational institutions </li></ul><ul><li>.gov – government agencies </li></ul><ul><li>.mil – US military </li></ul><ul><li>.int – international organizations </li></ul><ul><li>State or Country of origin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.de - Germany </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.ca.us – California, US </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.ca - Canada </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Evaluation Criteria #1: Authorship <ul><li>http:// www.stanford.edu/ ~ccarson/articles/am_left.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http:// is the protocol or access method </li></ul><ul><li>www.stanford.edu is the domain or host name </li></ul><ul><li>.edu is the top level domain </li></ul><ul><li>~ccarson/articles/am_left.htm is the directory path folder on the domain computer </li></ul>
  5. 5. Evaluation Criteria #2: Currency <ul><li>Is the information on the site out-of date? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you determine when the site was last updated? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need current information or is an older article acceptable? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Evaluation Criteria #3: Accuracy <ul><li>Is there a “Works Cited” or “Bibliography” included? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the information agree with information you have obtained from other (reliable) sources? </li></ul><ul><li>Where did the Web site get its information? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Evaluation Criteria #4: Purpose <ul><li>Why was the web page created? </li></ul><ul><li>To sell? </li></ul><ul><li>To inform? </li></ul><ul><li>To deceive? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluation Criteria #4: Purpose <ul><li>Always look at the domain and home page </li></ul><ul><li>Search for an “about us” page </li></ul>
  9. 9. Review Evaluation Criteria <ul><li>Authorship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do the authors have authority on the topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.com, .gov, .edu, .org site? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the site out of date for your topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works cited or bibliography? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why was the web site created? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there an “about us” or “credits” section? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Practice Evaluating <ul><li>www.martinlutherking.org </li></ul>

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