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Is the information on this site appropriate
for use in a school assignment?
Evaluating Websites
Before using any information from a
website in an assignment, make sure
that your instructor allows the use of
websites as...
Are the site and the information on it credible?
Credible:
able to be believed or trusted
(Cambridge Dictionaries Online)
Anyone can create a website
so it is important to be able to
assess the quality of
information on the site.
When
evaluating
the
information
on a
website,
look for:
the source
of the
information
(authority)
the reason
the
informati...
 Authority
Consider the
source.
Who is the
author of the
information?
Who has created
and sponsored
the website?
Is there...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an internationally
recognized and respected governmental organization. I...
Author’s Credentials?
What academic degrees
does the author have?
Where does he or she
work?
What institutions is he or
sh...
Authors’ Credentials
Doctor of
Philosophy
Doctor of
Medicine
Master of
Public
Health
This publication was originally revie...
Why has the information on
a website been provided?
What is the intent of the
creator(s) of the site and the
author(s) of ...
To
inform?
To
persuade?
To
educate?
To
entertain?
What is the site’s purpose?
Some well-known
Internet domains
.com for
commercial
entities
.org for
organizations
such as non-
profits
.edu for
educati...
.com sites (commercial sites) encourage
you to use their products and services or
try to sell you something
For example,
G...
.org sites are
developed by a
variety of
organizations such
as nonprofits,
communities, and
some educational
entities
.org...
For your assignments, .edu
(educational) and .gov
(government) websites often are
the best sources of information
since th...
Currency refers to the timeliness or recency of
the information.
When was the information created?
Has the information bee...
On this site, created
by the American Lyme
Disease Foundation,
you can see that the
information was last
updated on July 1...
Has the page been
maintained and
updated?
Do links still work?
In certain subject areas
such as science,
technology, and l...
 Accuracy
Are there
errors on
the page?
Can you
verify that
the
information
is reliable
by using
other
resources?
Is the
...
Look for words that indicate whether
an article is fact or opinion.
Remember…
it is up to you to determine the
purpose of the site and to decide
whether the information is
appropriate to use...
If you have questions or need further
information, please contact a PCC librarian at
(252) 493-7360 or e-mail us at
pittre...
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Evaluating Websites

  1. 1. Is the information on this site appropriate for use in a school assignment? Evaluating Websites
  2. 2. Before using any information from a website in an assignment, make sure that your instructor allows the use of websites as resources.
  3. 3. Are the site and the information on it credible? Credible: able to be believed or trusted (Cambridge Dictionaries Online)
  4. 4. Anyone can create a website so it is important to be able to assess the quality of information on the site.
  5. 5. When evaluating the information on a website, look for: the source of the information (authority) the reason the information exists (purpose) the date it was created or last updated (currency) the origin of the information (accuracy)
  6. 6.  Authority Consider the source. Who is the author of the information? Who has created and sponsored the website? Is there contact information for the website’s creator/sponsor?
  7. 7. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an internationally recognized and respected governmental organization. It is a good bet that the information on this website is reliable. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)
  8. 8. Author’s Credentials? What academic degrees does the author have? Where does he or she work? What institutions is he or she affiliated with?
  9. 9. Authors’ Credentials Doctor of Philosophy Doctor of Medicine Master of Public Health This publication was originally reviewed by David G. Marrero, Ph.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, Diabetes Research and Training Center, and Michael L. Parchman, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/riskfortype2/index.aspx
  10. 10. Why has the information on a website been provided? What is the intent of the creator(s) of the site and the author(s) of the information?  Purpose
  11. 11. To inform? To persuade? To educate? To entertain? What is the site’s purpose?
  12. 12. Some well-known Internet domains .com for commercial entities .org for organizations such as non- profits .edu for educational institutions .gov for governmental entities and agencies. Different types of websites have different purposes.
  13. 13. .com sites (commercial sites) encourage you to use their products and services or try to sell you something For example, GameStop.com offers a variety of video games, consoles, and other gaming products.
  14. 14. .org sites are developed by a variety of organizations such as nonprofits, communities, and some educational entities .org sites educate, inform, and even persuade.
  15. 15. For your assignments, .edu (educational) and .gov (government) websites often are the best sources of information since they usually focus on research and academic work. .edu .gov
  16. 16. Currency refers to the timeliness or recency of the information. When was the information created? Has the information been updated?  Currency
  17. 17. On this site, created by the American Lyme Disease Foundation, you can see that the information was last updated on July 13, 2013.
  18. 18. Has the page been maintained and updated? Do links still work? In certain subject areas such as science, technology, and law, the currency of information is more important than in other fields.
  19. 19.  Accuracy Are there errors on the page? Can you verify that the information is reliable by using other resources? Is the information factual or is it someone’s opinion? Can you detect bias or partiality?
  20. 20. Look for words that indicate whether an article is fact or opinion.
  21. 21. Remember… it is up to you to determine the purpose of the site and to decide whether the information is appropriate to use in your assignment.
  22. 22. If you have questions or need further information, please contact a PCC librarian at (252) 493-7360 or e-mail us at pittref@email.pittcc.edu.

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