Evaluating web pages Photo © Jeremy Brooks, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/
Criteria #1: Accuracy <ul><li>Who wrote the page? </li><ul><li>Can they be contacted? Contact info on page? </li></ul><li>...
Is the author qualified? </li><ul><li>Difference between  author & webmaster </li></ul></ul>Photo  © Nicolas Nova, http://...
Criteria #2: Authority <ul><li>Who published the site? </li><ul><li>Is the publisher separate  from the author? </li></ul>...
Is the publisher qualified? </li><ul><li>Are there credentials for  the authors? </li></ul></ul>Photo  © Franki T, http://...
Criteria #3: Objectivity <ul><li>What goals or objectives does the page meet?
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  • The author&apos;s qualifications should be backed up by information on the website. There should be contact information for the author on the website. On some websites, the author may also be the webmaster, but when the webmaster is a separate entity that can lend some credibility to the page.
  • The publisher can help determine the accuracy and authority of the webpage. Pages published by reputable names such as the New York Times should have some accuracy, and will likely have an author&apos;s name associated. A personal page, hosted on a commercial domain, may still have accuracy &amp; authority, but will need to be evaluated more carefully.
  • Pages with very little detail, or that are heavy in opinions, can be of less value than pages that are written objectively.
  • Web pages that have not been updated in a long time may have been abandoned. Sometimes a page that was previously published is still of use, but if links are no longer pointing to valid pages, the information is of less use.
  • GSLIS Tech Competencies presentation

    1. 1. Evaluating web pages Photo © Jeremy Brooks, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/
    2. 2. Criteria #1: Accuracy <ul><li>Who wrote the page? </li><ul><li>Can they be contacted? Contact info on page? </li></ul><li>What is the purpose of the page?
    3. 3. Is the author qualified? </li><ul><li>Difference between author & webmaster </li></ul></ul>Photo © Nicolas Nova, http://www.flickr.com/photos/nnova/
    4. 4. Criteria #2: Authority <ul><li>Who published the site? </li><ul><li>Is the publisher separate from the author? </li></ul><li>What is the domain?
    5. 5. Is the publisher qualified? </li><ul><li>Are there credentials for the authors? </li></ul></ul>Photo © Franki T, http://www.flickr.com/photos/zphaze/
    6. 6. Criteria #3: Objectivity <ul><li>What goals or objectives does the page meet?
    7. 7. How detailed is the information?
    8. 8. How opinionated is the page?
    9. 9. Is the page a mask for advertising? </li></ul>Photo © JM Tosses, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmt/
    10. 10. Criteria #4: Currency <ul><li>When was the page published?
    11. 11. When was the page last updated?
    12. 12. Are the links current? </li><ul><li>Are there any dead links?
    13. 13. Are the links updated regularly? </li></ul><li>Is the information on the page outdated? </li></ul>
    14. 14. References &quot;Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages&quot; http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/webcrit.html &quot;Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask&quot; http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html Jeremy Brooks Flickr account (slide #1 photo) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/ Nicolas Nova Flickr account (slide #2 photo) http://www.flickr.com/photos/nnova/ Franki T Flickr account (slide #3 photo) http://www.flickr.com/photos/zphaze/ JM Tosses Flickr account (slide #4 photo) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmt/

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