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Evaluating Information from The Internet
“ Consider the source” <ul><li>Do you trust them? </li></ul>Evaluating a Web Site ANYBODY can create a web page!
What Are We Looking For? <ul><li>Credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Bias/Objectivity </li></ul><ul><...
Credibility Who are they? Are they qualified? Creative commons license: “ Steiner, Peter. “On the internet, nobody knows y...
Credibility <ul><li>Try to find out who the author is, or who is taking responsibility for the web page. </li></ul><ul><li...
Credibility
Credibility <ul><li>Government agencies and educational institutions are often good resources. </li></ul><ul><li>But – be ...
Credibility A dissertation found at University of Texas at Austin.
Credibility A pamphlet from the National Parks Service
Types of Websites (Domains) <ul><li>.com – commercial website </li></ul><ul><li>.gov – government </li></ul><ul><li>.edu –...
Credibility Blogs: Anybody can create one.  Who is responsible for the blog?  Who wrote the post that you’re taking inform...
Credibility <ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure you know WHERE the information is coming from. </li></ul><ul><li>I...
Accuracy <ul><li>Do they provide references? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information consistent with other sources? </li></ul...
Accuracy Some are fun and entertaining. Watch for disclaimers about “Entertainment Purposes Only”!
Accuracy Others not funny…  This website gives out a many disturbing facts about MLK Jr. Looks official – www.martinluther...
If you scroll to to bottom of page, you will see that it is hosted by Stormfront.org. A white supremacist organization…
Accuracy <ul><li>Professionally done? </li></ul><ul><li>Watch out for: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tackiness” </li></ul><ul><li>Ha...
Bias/Objectivity <ul><li>Are all viewpoints covered? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it fact or opinion? </li></ul><ul><li>What is th...
Bias/Objectivity From www.bp.com: Lots of emphasis on their efforts to clean up the oil spill.  Will they give information...
Bias/Objectivity Can Taco Bell provide scientific evidence showing that their drive-thru diet is a healthy lifestyle?
Bias/Objectivity Organizations promoting a cause may provide accurate facts, but they may also leave out facts that do not...
Bias/Objectivity Emotionally charged language can indicate a potential bias!
Timeliness <ul><li>When was the site last updated? Do you even have that information? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it still valid ...
Timeliness Would you use this information when considering a new car purchase?
Timeliness This biography of Charles Dickens was last updated in March 2004.  Some information changes significantly over ...
Timeliness Dates are very important in rapidly changing areas such as medicine and technology!
Relevance <ul><li>Audience – who is the information intended for? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it too detailed or too vague? </li>...
Relevance Information about Tsunami’s from Federal Agency Management Agency….  For kids
Relevance You’re doing research so that you can publish a pamphlet college students about proper sun protection.  Would th...
What Are We Looking For? <ul><li>Credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Bias/Objectivity </li></ul><ul><...
A few more things to consider…
Try a search on Google: <ul><li>Do a Search – keep it very simple. </li></ul><ul><li>What is (usually) one of the first re...
Wikipedia – Why not? To find who wrote the information, click  view history.
Why not Wikipedia? These are the most recent contributors. Who are they? Do you trust them?
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Internet Evaluation

  1. 1. Evaluating Information from The Internet
  2. 2. “ Consider the source” <ul><li>Do you trust them? </li></ul>Evaluating a Web Site ANYBODY can create a web page!
  3. 3. What Are We Looking For? <ul><li>Credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Bias/Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Timeliness </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance </li></ul>
  4. 4. Credibility Who are they? Are they qualified? Creative commons license: “ Steiner, Peter. “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f8/Internet_dog.jpg)
  5. 5. Credibility <ul><li>Try to find out who the author is, or who is taking responsibility for the web page. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for an “About Us” or “Contact Us” or similar option somewhere on the page (often at the top or bottom, maybe along the side) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Credibility
  7. 7. Credibility <ul><li>Government agencies and educational institutions are often good resources. </li></ul><ul><li>But – be careful – some educational institutions provide web space to their students. (What grade did they get on that paper?) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Credibility A dissertation found at University of Texas at Austin.
  9. 9. Credibility A pamphlet from the National Parks Service
  10. 10. Types of Websites (Domains) <ul><li>.com – commercial website </li></ul><ul><li>.gov – government </li></ul><ul><li>.edu – educational </li></ul><ul><li>.org - organization </li></ul>
  11. 11. Credibility Blogs: Anybody can create one. Who is responsible for the blog? Who wrote the post that you’re taking information from?
  12. 12. Credibility <ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure you know WHERE the information is coming from. </li></ul><ul><li>If you know the authors qualifications – even better! </li></ul><ul><li>Is the website maintained by a person or organization that will take responsibility for that information? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Accuracy <ul><li>Do they provide references? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information consistent with other sources? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the Web page appear professional? Are there mistakes on the web page? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Accuracy Some are fun and entertaining. Watch for disclaimers about “Entertainment Purposes Only”!
  15. 15. Accuracy Others not funny… This website gives out a many disturbing facts about MLK Jr. Looks official – www.martinlutherking.org
  16. 16. If you scroll to to bottom of page, you will see that it is hosted by Stormfront.org. A white supremacist organization…
  17. 17. Accuracy <ul><li>Professionally done? </li></ul><ul><li>Watch out for: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tackiness” </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to read fonts </li></ul><ul><li>Crowded with ads. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Bias/Objectivity <ul><li>Are all viewpoints covered? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it fact or opinion? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the purpose of the website (entertain, persuade or sell, to inform)? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it emotionally charged? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Bias/Objectivity From www.bp.com: Lots of emphasis on their efforts to clean up the oil spill. Will they give information about the cause of the spill?
  20. 20. Bias/Objectivity Can Taco Bell provide scientific evidence showing that their drive-thru diet is a healthy lifestyle?
  21. 21. Bias/Objectivity Organizations promoting a cause may provide accurate facts, but they may also leave out facts that do not support their cause.
  22. 22. Bias/Objectivity Emotionally charged language can indicate a potential bias!
  23. 23. Timeliness <ul><li>When was the site last updated? Do you even have that information? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it still valid or could it be out-of date? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Timeliness Would you use this information when considering a new car purchase?
  25. 25. Timeliness This biography of Charles Dickens was last updated in March 2004. Some information changes significantly over time, others, like historical information, do not.
  26. 26. Timeliness Dates are very important in rapidly changing areas such as medicine and technology!
  27. 27. Relevance <ul><li>Audience – who is the information intended for? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it too detailed or too vague? </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage – does it cover the correct time period or geographic area? </li></ul>
  28. 28. Relevance Information about Tsunami’s from Federal Agency Management Agency…. For kids
  29. 29. Relevance You’re doing research so that you can publish a pamphlet college students about proper sun protection. Would this website from the National Institutes of Health be helpful?
  30. 30. What Are We Looking For? <ul><li>Credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Bias/Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Timeliness </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance </li></ul>
  31. 31. A few more things to consider…
  32. 32. Try a search on Google: <ul><li>Do a Search – keep it very simple. </li></ul><ul><li>What is (usually) one of the first results? </li></ul>
  33. 33. Wikipedia – Why not? To find who wrote the information, click view history.
  34. 34. Why not Wikipedia? These are the most recent contributors. Who are they? Do you trust them?

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