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The 5Ws of Web Site Evaluation


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School librarian lesson on evaluating web sites for use in research projects.

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The 5Ws of Web Site Evaluation

  1. 1. Web Site Evaluation Based off: Kathy Schrock’s 5Ws of Web Site Evaluation Created by: NCUSD 203’s LRC Directors 2006 Revised by: Josh Mika, Beebe Elementary LRC 2007
  2. 2. IMSA’s 21st Century Information Fluency Project & The Big 6
  3. 3. Kathy Schrock’s 5 Ws of Web Site Evaluation 1. Who 2. What 3. When 4. Where 5. Why
  4. 4. Ask Yourself: Who Who’s the author? Person, Organization, Both Look for information or references to the person and/or organization. What are his/her credentials? Look for a biography or resume. Look for other sites who cite this author or this web site. Can I contact the author? Anyone can create a fake email. Look for phone and mailing address.
  5. 5. Ask Yourself: What .com .net .edu .k12.[state].us .gov .mil .org • Commercial • Network • Higher Education* • K-12 Education* • Government* • Military • Nonprofit Organization* What does the URL tell you?
  6. 6. Ask Yourself: What  What does the author say is the purpose of the site? Look for an “about us” What else might the author have in mind for the site? Bias (prejudice) Facts or opinions Is the site easy to use? A well organized site allows you to navigate, search, and locate information quickly.
  7. 7. Ask Yourself: When Is the information current? Undated factual information is no better than anonymous information- don’t use it! When was the site last updated? Information and links can change overnight. The author might have lost interest in his/her page.
  8. 8. Ask Yourself: Where Where does the information come from? Look for a bibliography, works cited, or references page. Are there external links to related information? A responsible site will redirect you to other useful Web sites covering similar topics.
  9. 9. Ask Yourself: Why Why is this information useful for my purpose? Focus on your research goals. Why should I use this information? Don’t just add this site to pad your bibliography. Why is this page better than another? REMEMBER: Anyone can put ANYTHING on the Internet!
  10. 10. Research Tips Online Databases Subscription Credible Purpose & resources are clear Search Engines Use Boolean search terms • And, Or, Not • “Exact Phrases” Try different search engines Cross Reference Facts Cite your sources
  11. 11. Works Cited 5Ws of Web Site Evaluation. Dir. Naperville 203's LRC Directors. Slide Program. 2006. Agrella, Chance. Photo 1484. Freerange Stock. 17 July 2007 < gid=&sgid=&pid=1484>. Agrella, Chance. Photo 1752. Freerange Stock. 17 July 2007 < gid=&sgid=&pid=1752>. Bell, Darwin. The Thin Walk Among Us. Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007 <>. Dodger, My Boy. April 2007. Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007 <>. d, social. Lemon LAN. Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007 <>. Eagle, Abominable. The Physical Impossibility of Anything for Someone Blase. Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007 <>. Eisenberg, Michael B., and Robert E. Berkowitz. "3-6 Grade." The Big 6. 2005. 17 July 2007 < 6.htm>. Illinois Math And Science Academy. "Digital Information Fluency (DIF)." IMSA 21st Century Information Fluency Project. 2007. 17 July 2007 <>. Kaminski, Peter. Stop All Way. Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007 <>. Kamminga, Dan. OHno! Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007 <>. lisaschaos. Wanna Hold Me? It's Gonna Cost Ya. Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007 <>. Schrock, Kathy. "5Ws of Web Site Evaluation." Kathy Schrock. 2003. Discovery School. 17 July 2007 <>.