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Evaluating Online Sources <ul><li>A Module of the CYC Course – Computer Basics </li></ul>1 7-21-10
Don’t believe everything you hear (or read) <ul><li>Although it can be a useful research tool, the internet is full of rum...
Urban legends <ul><li>What’s your favorite? </li></ul>9
Find out the real story <ul><li>Go to  www.snopes.com </li></ul><ul><li>Snopes is a website that researches rumors/stories...
Why Snopes? <ul><li>You will get email rumors and urban legends. Snopes lets you find out whether they are true. </li></ul...
Credibility of Websites <ul><li>How can you check the credibility of websites you aren’t familiar with? </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Parked Pages <ul><li>Visit  www.nonprofit.org </li></ul><ul><li>Can you find any credible content? </li></ul><ul><li>This ...
Organic Search Results <ul><li>Go to Google and search for “House Cat Care.” </li></ul><ul><li>The results in the main whi...
Paid   Search Results <ul><li>The top result, in a different color, and the results on the right side bar are Paid results...
Sources <ul><li>This curriculum includes a hand out entitled “Five criteria for evaluating Web Pages” that is used with pe...
Creative Commons License <ul><li>This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To vie...
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  1. 1. Evaluating Online Sources <ul><li>A Module of the CYC Course – Computer Basics </li></ul>1 7-21-10
  2. 2. Don’t believe everything you hear (or read) <ul><li>Although it can be a useful research tool, the internet is full of rumors and misinformation. </li></ul><ul><li>How can you be sure that what you see is legitimate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t take anything at face value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you are getting information from credible sources </li></ul></ul>9
  3. 3. Urban legends <ul><li>What’s your favorite? </li></ul>9
  4. 4. Find out the real story <ul><li>Go to www.snopes.com </li></ul><ul><li>Snopes is a website that researches rumors/stories/urban legends and reports whether or not they are true. </li></ul><ul><li>Search the rumor or urban legend you’re interested in </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Hot 25 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These are the 25 most widely circulated stories right now </li></ul></ul>2
  5. 5. Why Snopes? <ul><li>You will get email rumors and urban legends. Snopes lets you find out whether they are true. </li></ul><ul><li>Search google for the same story. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the differences in the results? </li></ul></ul>2
  6. 6. Credibility of Websites <ul><li>How can you check the credibility of websites you aren’t familiar with? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate information from more than one source. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate each site according to the steps on your hand out, “Five Criteria for Evaluating Web pages.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go to http://cats.about.com / </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which is content from About? Which is content from users? Which is content from advertisers? </li></ul></ul>2
  7. 7. Parked Pages <ul><li>Visit www.nonprofit.org </li></ul><ul><li>Can you find any credible content? </li></ul><ul><li>This is called a “parked” page. </li></ul>2
  8. 8. Organic Search Results <ul><li>Go to Google and search for “House Cat Care.” </li></ul><ul><li>The results in the main white space are Organic results. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These results come up because the content on the site has the closest match to the search terms. </li></ul></ul>2
  9. 9. Paid Search Results <ul><li>The top result, in a different color, and the results on the right side bar are Paid results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These are “Sponsored Links” also known as pay-per-click ads - the advertiser pays google every time someone clicks on one. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They come up because these companies have purchased advertising on google based on key words. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Which results are more credible? </li></ul>2
  10. 10. Sources <ul><li>This curriculum includes a hand out entitled “Five criteria for evaluating Web Pages” that is used with permission from . </li></ul><ul><li>Content created by Connect Your Community, a project of OneCommunity , funded by the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program . </li></ul>14
  11. 11. Creative Commons License <ul><li>This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 </li></ul>15

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