QUESTION AUTHORITY Evaluating Internet Resources
You need information… for a research project what to feed your new pet which candidate to vote for how to get a driver’s license about a disease afflicting someone in your family the best car for the money what kind of job you want and how to get it how to fix something about a place you want to visit who invented ice cream?
<ul><li>When you pick up a book in the library, you know: </li></ul><ul><li>An expert author was chosen by a reputable publisher </li></ul><ul><li>an editor checked facts and improved the writing </li></ul><ul><li>a reviewer evaluated/recommended it </li></ul><ul><li>a librarian determined it a worthy and appropriate resource… </li></ul>
But when you visit a web site, you must do the work of all those experts to decide whether to use the information
You won’t always have a parent or a teacher or a librarian to tell you whether a site is good. You must learn how to use your judgment.
Information answers your questions Format is useful Reading level is appropriate Intended audience matches your purpose Evaluate a site
Sources: Beck, Susan. “The Good, the bad & the ugly: Or, why it’s a good idea to evaluate web sources.” 1997. http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html Engle, Michael. “Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools.” 2009. http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/webeval.html Finkle, Dagmar. NJASL Conference Web Evaluation Presentation. 2009. http://web.me.com/dfinkle2/Message/NJASL.html UC Berkeley Library. “Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask.” 2009. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html Presentation created by Leigh Woznick, 2009.