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Evaluating Websites Presentation

  1. 1. Evaluating Websites<br />Miss Bolle, Media Specialist<br />
  2. 2. What to look for…<br />Date Created or Last Modified:<br /><ul><li>Every website should provide dates when it was created or updated
  3. 3. Check to make sure information is up to date
  4. 4. See if there is a log of all changes made to the page</li></ul>**You want the most current information when doing a paper!<br />
  5. 5. What to look for…<br />Accuracy of Information:<br /><ul><li>Examine all sources and compare them against each other
  6. 6. Check to see if the website has works cited
  7. 7. Does the author base his/her argument on facts that are shown to be incorrect by other sources?</li></li></ul><li>What to look for…<br />Authority:<br /><ul><li>Is the author’s name and email provided on the website?
  8. 8. Is the author an authority in the field?
  9. 9. What are the author’s qualifications?
  10. 10. Is there an organization associated with the site?
  11. 11. Check for author or organization biases on the subject</li></li></ul><li>What to look for…<br />Presentation of Website:<br /><ul><li>Do all the links work?
  12. 12. Does the website design look professional?</li></li></ul><li>What to look for…<br />Audience:<br /><ul><li>What does the author assume you already know? Is it basic information? Or Advanced?
  13. 13. Would the site be better for a general reader or a professional?</li></ul>**You don’t want a website that is too basic but you also want to understand the information<br />
  14. 14. What to look for…<br />Purpose<br /><ul><li>Is the site supposed to be educational or entertaining?
  15. 15. Is it informational or promotional</li></ul>**You will want one that is both educational and informational for a research project!!<br />
  16. 16. Questions?<br />

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