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  • These domains can be purchased by anybody. This is not to say that sites with these extensions can never be trusted, but it is good to know whether you are on a commercial or special interest-type site if you are trying to access academic-type information.

Evaluating websites Evaluating websites Presentation Transcript

  • The Research Process Mrs. Daniels
  • Website Evaluation Presented by Mrs. Daniels
  • Five criteria for evaluating Web pages
    • #1 Accuracy
    • If your page lists the author and institution that published the page and provides a way of contacting him/her
    • http:// www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/webcrit.html
  • #2 Authority
    • If your page lists the author’s credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu, .gov, .org, or .net)
  • Domain Name The domain name is found after the http:// and www. to the first forward slash /. For example in the URL www.microsoft.com microsoft.com is the domain name. A domain name can sometimes provide clues about the quality of information of a site or tell you what a site is about.
  • Extensions
    • com and .net are examples of extensions. Extensions are an important part of domain names. You probably know quite a few already. Extensions are intended to show the type of establishment that owns and publishes the domain.
  • .edu   Educational organization (most US universities)
  • .k12 US school site (not all US schools use this)
  • .ac Academic institution (outside of US)
  • .sch School site (some schools outside of the US use this)
  • .com        Company (usually .co in the UK)
  • .org         Any organization
  • .gov   Government agency
  • .net   Network
  • .mil   Military institution
    • Some extensions may provide more reliable information than others, but there are no guarantees .
    • More reliable are .edu, .gov, .k12.
    • Less reliable are .com, .org, .net.
    • Keep reading past the first forward slash / for more clues. If you are on a personal page the information you are reading may or may not be trustworthy.
  • #3 Objectivity
    • If your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective in presenting the information
  • #4 Currency
    • If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date
  • #5 Coverage
    • If you can view the information properly--not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirement