5 Criteria for Evaluating Web Sites

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5 Criteria for Evaluating Web Sites

  1. 1. 5 CRITERIA For Evaluating Websites
  2. 2. What are they? <ul><li>Accuracy of Site </li></ul><ul><li>Authority of Site </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity of Site </li></ul><ul><li>Currency of Site </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage of Site </li></ul>
  3. 3. ACCURACY <ul><li>Who wrote it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did s/he write it? </li></ul><ul><li>Was the person actually qualified to write it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure author provides e-mail or a contact address/phone number. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know the distinction between author and Webmaster. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. AUTHORITY <ul><li>Who published the document? Different from &quot;Webmaster?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Check the domain of the document, Does the publisher list qualifications? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What credentials are listed for the authors)? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is the document published? Check URL domain. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. OBJECTIVITY <ul><li>What are the goals/objectives of the site? </li></ul><ul><li>How detailed is the information? </li></ul><ul><li>What opinions (if any) are expressed by the author? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine if page is a mask for advertising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>View any Web page as you would a TV infommercial. Purpose and audience. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. CURRENCY <ul><li>When was it created? </li></ul><ul><li>When was it updated? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the links up-to-date? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How many dead links are on the page? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are the links current or updated regularly? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the information on the page outdated? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. COVERAGE <ul><li>Are the links evaluated and are they relevant? </li></ul><ul><li>All images or a balance of text and images? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information presented cited correctly? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If page requires special software to view the information, how much are you missing if you don't have the software? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it free or is there a fee, to obtain the information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there an option for text only, or frames, or a suggested browser for better viewing? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Does is all add up? <ul><li>Does the web page meet your needs? </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to determine audience and purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate sample sites </li></ul>

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