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  1. 1. Evaluating Internet Resources<br />MUH 3016: History of Jazz<br />
  2. 2. What to Consider When Evaluating Internet Resources<br /><ul><li> Authority
  3. 3. Accuracy
  4. 4. Audience
  5. 5. Objectivity
  6. 6. Currency</li></li></ul><li>AuthorityLook at the URL?<br />What type of domain does it come from? <br /><ul><li>edu – educational institutionhttp://www.lib.usf.edu
  7. 7. gov - local, state, or federal government http://usa.gov
  8. 8. org - organizational use http://consumersunion.org
  9. 9. com - commercial use http://www.apple.com
  10. 10. net – network use http://www.comcast.net/</li></li></ul><li>Authority Who published the web page?<br />Is the producer of the web site clearly identified?<br />Is the site a respected, dependable source?<br /> (should not be someone’s personal web site) <br />Does the site have an About Us link or is there something about the Mission or Philosophy of the author or publishing body?<br />Are the author’s/publisher’s credentials listed? <br />Is contact information available?<br />
  11. 11. Accuracy / Reliability<br />Who wrote the page?<br />Is there an author or a webmaster? <br /><ul><li>The author is responsible for the writing the content on the page.
  12. 12. The webmaster is responsible for loading the content and maintaining the integrity of the website. </li></ul>Is the author qualified to write the page? <br />Are the author’s credentials listed? <br />Is contact information for the author available?<br />
  13. 13. Audience/Purpose<br />Is the purpose of the site clearly stated?<br />Is the site appropriate to the intended audience – university/research?<br />Is the primary purpose of the site educational and informational?<br />Is the site provided at no charge? <br />Are links from the site maintained, evaluated, and filtered for quality?<br />
  14. 14. Objectivity <br />Why was this page written and for whom?<br />Does this page inform, give facts, or give data?<br />Does this site explain the issue or try to persuade? <br />Is it a mask for advertising – does it sell or entice?<br />Does it share information? If so, for what purpose?<br />Does it disclose information? If so, is it the author’s opinion? Is documentation included to support any claims made?<br />Point of view / bias <br />Is the website unbiased?<br />Is the web page a parody or a satire? <br />Is bias is desirable in this context? <br />
  15. 15. Currency Is the Information on the Web Page Current?<br />Is there a copyright date on the page? <br />http://www.lib.usf.edu<br /> University of South Florida Libraries: Fostering the Advancement of Knowledge© Copyright 2009 <br />Is there a date indicating when the page was last updated? <br />http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html<br />Last updated: April 27, 2009<br />Are the links on the page current? <br />Not Found<br />The requested URL /Curriculum/Validate/ was not found on this server.<br />Apache/1.3.41 Server at www.cdli.ca Port 80<br />
  16. 16. Putting it All Together <br />You can find valuable research on Internet.<br />The key is to know how to determine really great sites!<br />Now you know what questions to ask yourself.<br />Remember to consider the following things: <br /><ul><li> Authority
  17. 17. Accuracy
  18. 18. Audience
  19. 19. Objectivity
  20. 20. Currency </li></li></ul><li>Additional Techniques for Website Evaluation<br /> <br />Find out who links to the page: <br />Alexa.com<br />Go to website at http://www.alexa.com<br />Then go to Site Info - type in URL of the website <br />Click Go and the Traffic History Graph will be displayed; <br />Then click on Overview and the number of websites linked to the URL will be displayed. <br />Google.com<br />Go to standard Google search at http://www.google.com<br />In the search box, type link: in front of the URL <br />Example: link:http://www.usf.edu <br />Click Search and the number of web sites linking to the URL will be displayed<br /> <br />
  21. 21. Additional Evaluation Sources<br /> Johns Hopkins University <br />http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/<br /> <br />Cornell University <br />http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/webeval.html<br /> <br />Ithaca College <br />http://www.ithaca.edu/library/training/think.html<br /> <br />University of California - Berkeley<br />http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html<br /> <br />New Mexico State University <br />http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html<br /> <br />Georgetown University <br />http://library.georgetown.edu/internet/eval.htm<br />
  22. 22. Additional Techniques for Website Evaluation<br />For reviews or evaluations of websites, go to established portals:<br /> <br />Librarian’s Internet Index: http://lii.org/<br />Infomine: http://infomine.ucr.edu/<br /> <br />About.com: http://www.about.com/<br />Academic Info: http://www.academicinfo.net/<br />Internet Scout Report:<br /><ul><li>Current Issue: http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/Current/
  23. 23. Archives: http://scout.wisc.edu/Archives/index.php</li>