using 5 basic criteria
   Putting stuff on the Web is easy, cheap and    often free so anyone can do it   There are no editors on the Web to pr...
WEP Wheel                                Purpose              Currency            Clarity                 Authority       ...
   What type of site it is. Read the URL carefully,    what does the URL tell you about the creator    of the information...
   What sort of URL does the page have?    ◦ Is it commercial, informative, educational or      personal?    ◦ What type ...
◦ Country names appear as a two-letter  abbreviation at the end of the URL.  Examples:    www.amazon.co.uk – Amazon UK  ...
   Put your cursor in the address bar/location    box at the top of your browser’s window   Delete the end characters of...
 Who   is the author of the site? What are his or her credentials? Is there any organizational or  corporate sponsor? ...
   Find information on author or creator of the    site by scanning the page and looking for    links that say “About us”...
   What goals or objectives does the information    meet?   Is the information provided detailed enough?   Does the ide...
   Is the information clearly presented?   Is the page well organized?   Is the text formatted so that it can be read  ...
   Is the information on the page up-to-date?    ◦ Does it use recent data e.g. statistics from 2009 or      1999?   Is ...
Check out the following site athttp://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus on the PacificNorthwest Tree OctopusAnd watch this video on...
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Evaluating websites

  1. 1. using 5 basic criteria
  2. 2.  Putting stuff on the Web is easy, cheap and often free so anyone can do it There are no editors on the Web to proof read information or check whether it is valid so it’s up to YOU to do the checking for any information you find. Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  3. 3. WEP Wheel Purpose Currency Clarity Authority Objectivity Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  4. 4.  What type of site it is. Read the URL carefully, what does the URL tell you about the creator of the information? More information on URLs can be found later in this presentation. Who wrote the page? If you can’t find the name of the author or organization, try truncating the URL to find its parent page. Does this organization claim responsibility for the information? Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  5. 5.  What sort of URL does the page have? ◦ Is it commercial, informative, educational or personal? ◦ What type of domain name does it have? Look at the final 3 letters of its URL?  .gov & .mil – Government sites  .net – Internet service provider  .com – Commercial site  .edu – Educational  .mil – Military site  ~ - personal site  .org – Organizational – may be charitable, religious, etc. Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  6. 6. ◦ Country names appear as a two-letter abbreviation at the end of the URL.  Examples:  www.amazon.co.uk – Amazon UK  www.ebay.co.au – Ebay Australia  www.fairview.edu.my – Fairview Intl School in Malaysia◦ However, these are no longer tightly controlled and may be misused. Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  7. 7.  Put your cursor in the address bar/location box at the top of your browser’s window Delete the end characters of the URL stopping before each / (Do not delete the /) Press “Enter” to see if you can find out more about the author or the origins of the main site You should continue this process until you reach the first / that comes after the domain name Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  8. 8.  Who is the author of the site? What are his or her credentials? Is there any organizational or corporate sponsor? Is there any way to contact this person? Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  9. 9.  Find information on author or creator of the site by scanning the page and looking for links that say “About us”, “Background” or “Philosophy” Remember, anyone can put stuff on the web, it’s your job to determine what information is reliable and what is not. Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  10. 10.  What goals or objectives does the information meet? Is the information provided detailed enough? Does the identity of the author or sponsor suggest a bias? For example, is the page sponsored by a company promoting its product? How does the bias impact the usefulness of the information? Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  11. 11.  Is the information clearly presented? Is the page well organized? Is the text formatted so that it can be read easily? Do the graphics on the page distract from the content? Are there mistakes in grammar or spelling? Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  12. 12.  Is the information on the page up-to-date? ◦ Does it use recent data e.g. statistics from 2009 or 1999? Is the statistical source listed in the reference list of bibliography? When was the page last updated? Are there dead links? Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011
  13. 13. Check out the following site athttp://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus on the PacificNorthwest Tree OctopusAnd watch this video on YouTubeat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU-yq_IJhtUApply the 5 criteria in this presentation. How didthe page on the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopusfare? Then check out an article in the Daily Mailthat discusses this web page. Created by Yvonne Krishnan on 3 September 2011

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