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Website evaluation

  1. 1. Website Evaluation Why do we have to evaluate websites?
  2. 2. Vocabulary <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Accurate </li></ul><ul><li>Bias </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable </li></ul>
  3. 3. Accurate <ul><li>Reference Books </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Fiction Books </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>We trust that these resources are accurate. Why? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Websites <ul><li>Free!! </li></ul><ul><li>Accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable? </li></ul><ul><li>5 Ws of Website Evaluation </li></ul>
  5. 5. What to look for… <ul><ul><li>WHO (who made the site?) .org anization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.edu cation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.gov ernment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caution : .com mercial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.net work </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What to look for… <ul><li>WHAT (what is the goal of the site?) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Goal is to educate, not sell </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not biased </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What to look for… <ul><ul><li>WHEN (when was the site updated) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look for updated date </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What to look for… <ul><ul><li>WHERE (where can you find more information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Includes bibliography </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Links to other reliable sites (.gov, .edu) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What to look for… <ul><ul><li>WHY (why is this site useful?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>answers one of your research questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You are able to read and understand the text </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The 5 Ws of Website Evaluation <ul><li>The 5 W’s of Website Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>WHO </li></ul><ul><li>Who created the site? Is the author an expert? </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT </li></ul><ul><li>What is the purpose of the site? Is the purpose to educate and inform? </li></ul><ul><li>WHEN </li></ul><ul><li>When was the site updated? </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I find more information on my topic? Is there a bibliography included? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the site link to other reliable resources? </li></ul><ul><li>WHY </li></ul><ul><li>Why is the site useful? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the information answer one of my questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted from Kathy Schrock’s 5 W’s of Web Site Evaluation, http://school. discoveryeducation . com/schrockguide/eval .html </li></ul>

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