Evaluating & Citing WebsitesLearning outcomes:• Determine if the information discovered is relevant for the needs of the assignment.• Identify prejudice, bias, deception, or manipulation.• Cite correctly (APA) online sources.• Choose key concepts or terms appropriate to search.• Examine and compare information found in websites, and evaluate for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, scope, and timeliness. LIBR 250, Section1 Winter 2013 / Terrones
Let’s CompareThe New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/The Onionhttp://www.theonion.com/Fun fact: Reputable Chinese newspaper dupedby The Onion.
Authority (author)Is the author known?Do you recognize this author or their work?Who created this information and why?What knowledge or skills do they have in thearea?
ObjectivityIs the information biased, i.e. only shows oneperspective.Is the information balanced (shows bothsides)?How can you tell it shows bias?How does the sponsorship impact theperspective of the information?Could the information obviously bogus (fake,humorous, a parody, or satire)?
TimelinessIs the information current? Does the pageprovide information about timeliness such asspecific dates of information?Does currency of information matter withyour particular topic?How current are the sources or links?
RelevanceIs the information helpful?Think about whether you need thisinformation.Do the facts contribute something new or addto your knowledge of the subject?Will this information be useful to yourproject?
PracticeWork with your team to compare and evaluate the followingwebsites based on the "Evaluating Criterion" listed in the Website Evaluating worksheet. http://calstatela.libguides.com/terrones_libr250
Citation Elements (4 Ws)Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date ofpublication). Title of document. Retrieved fromhttp://Web addressWebpages with authors tutorialWebpages without authors tutorialWebpages with no author, no date tutorial
Website citations will include:• Author(s) of document (person or organization)• Year of publication in parenthesis. No date? use (n.d.)• Title in Italics• Retrieval date only if info changes frequently (e.g. wiki pages)• Identify the publisher/organization• Web address URL
URL Title Author/ Organization/ PublisherFederal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. (2012). America’s children in brief: Key national indicators of well-being, 2012. Retrieved from http://www.childstats.gov/ americaschildren/
URL Title Author/ Organization/ PublisherThe statistics provided by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child andFamily Statistics are a great resource to share with parents as well asfamily service providers because of its “nontechnical, easy-to-useformat” (America’s Children, 2012, Introduction section, para. 1).
Citation Resources• OWL Purdue APA Formatting Guide http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ OWL Purdue APA Formatting Guide: Electronic Resources• APA In-text citation PowerPoint (Schaeffer, 2012)• APA Reference page PowerPoint (Schaeffer, 2012)