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    • 1. Evaluating Websites
    • 2. • If there are millions of terabytes of information, how much of that is quality information?• What should be considered when evaluating websites?[Some of you may already feel very comfortable with this, but it’s always worthreviewing again.]Consider the Web
    • 3. • Who is the author? • Is there an author listed anywhere on the website? • Is there an “about” section that gives information about the author? • If there are articles linked, do the articles have a good citation including a date for the publication? • Where are the articles posted? Is it a .com site or a more reliable .gov or .edu site? • You may also need to search the author on a website to see what you can find out about him/her. • What is the author’s expertise on the subject?Credibility
    • 4. What does the URL extension tell you about the site? For research .edu, .com, and .org have the most reliable information. Extension Definition of the Extension Information about .com Commercial Most common in world; businesses use this extension. .net Network Most commonly used by Internet Service providers. .org Organization Most commonly used for non-profit groups or trade associations. .edu Education U.S. postsecondary institutions that are institutionally accredited, i.e., the entire institution and not just particular programs, by agencies on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies. .biz Small businesses use this extension. .info Credible source websites and signifies a resource. Most popular except for .com, .net, .org. .mobi Mobile This is reserved for mobile websites. .us United States The newest extension and is for American websites. Has the largest amount of available names in inventory. .tv Rich content/multi-media websites, especially from the entertainment industry. .name Only domain name extension specifically for personal use. Personal websites that include display photos or personal information about an individual. .co indicates the domain name is for commercial purposes and from the UK. Other countries also have country codes.URL Extensions
    • 5. What about contact information? Is there a mailing address,email, or phone number? This lets you know that there is arecognizable person behind the website, someone you cancontact if you want more information.Credibility – Addresses
    • 6. • Who is the audience?• Why was the page created?• Was it to sell something, advertise something or just make information available?Content – Why
    • 7. • Does the website offer something unique or not found easily somewhere else?• What is the relative value of the website in comparison to the other sites available on the topic?• If there are links, are they relevant to the site?Content – What
    • 8. •• Is there bias?Content – Bias
    • 9. When was the site created? How to find out: 1- Check the web archive (The Way Back Machine) They record changes in the website. Although its not going to give an exact start date, it will help you have a better idea. 2- Check the whois of the domain, so you can find out when the domain name was created by entering the domain name into
    • 10. • Domain ID:D128146077-LROR• Domain Name:MYMCPL.ORG• Created On:01-Sep-2006 14:49:21 UTC• Last Updated On:13-Aug-2012 13:47:22 UTC• Expiration Date:01-Sep-2017 14:49:21 UTC• Sponsoring Registrar:Network Solutions, LLC (R63-LROR)• Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED• Registrant ID:41062079-NSIV• Registrant Name:Bryan Gash• Registrant Organization:Mid-Continent Public Library• Registrant Street1:ATTN insert domain name here• Registrant Street2:care of Network Solutions• Registrant Street3:PO Box 459• Registrant City:Drums• Registrant State/Province:PA• Registrant Postal Code:18222• Registrant Country:US• Registrant Phone:+1.5707088780• Registrant Phone Ext.:• Registrant FAX:• Registrant FAX Ext.:Whois for
    • 11. • When was the site last revised?• How reliable are the links? Are there any broken links?Currency – Informationdates
    • 12. • I need to say more? Colors should be pleasing to theeye. Text should be easy to read on a colored background.Structure – Good GraphicDesign Principles
    • 13. is important to the site’s usefulness. Read thefive rules included in the About article.Structure – Navigation
    • 14. This is a deal breaker for me. When I find the first wordthat is misspelled, I’m done with the site. If you are in theposition that you select which websites are linked on yourlibrary’s web page, make this as important a rule ascredibility or content.This is a link to the Spell Checker poem – I think spellchecker is the bane of our existence as a society. Well, thatmay be overstated! – Spelling,Grammar
    • 15. • ning_a_website/This is a very thorough article about the needs of all typesof disabilities.Structure – Needs of theDisabled
    • 16. • The HonCode is a non-governmental group that provides a certification of medical information on the web.• Timeliness is of the greatest importance on medical and legal sites since things can change almost daily.• Because you are not relying on an edited, approved print source, you must do a thorough job of evaluating these websites.• There are many .gov sites for medical that give very customer friendly information.Medical and LegalWebsites
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