Evaluating Websites

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Evaluating Websites

  1. 1. Session 4 Evaluating Web Sites
  2. 2. The 5 Steps To Evaluating Websites <ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted from: “Five Criteria For Evaluating Web Pages” Olin & Uris Libraries—Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Accuracy <ul><li>What is the purpose of the document? </li></ul><ul><li>Who wrote the page and is there contact information provided? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the author have the proper qualifications to write such a page? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Authority <ul><li>Who published the page? Is it different than the “Webmaster”? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the domain where this page is published? Is it a real institution? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the publisher list their qualifications? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Objectivity <ul><li>What goals/objectives does this page have? </li></ul><ul><li>How detailed is the information provided? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the author express any personal opinions on the page? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Currency <ul><li>When was the page created? </li></ul><ul><li>When was the last update? </li></ul><ul><li>How up to date are the external links? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any dead links? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Coverage <ul><li>Are the links evaluated in any way? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the links compliment the web page’s objectives? </li></ul><ul><li>It is more text, images, or balanced? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information presented correctly cited? </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Case of Dr. Martin Luther King <ul><li>http://www.thekingcenter.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.martinlutherking.org/ </li></ul>
  9. 9. What’s Wrong With This Site? <ul><li>http://www.rythospital.com/ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Is It Half Empty or Half Full? <ul><li>www.dhmo.org </li></ul>
  11. 11. Get Ready! It's Time For The Post-Test!

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