Are these Websites Legit?        Lynn Berard, Science Libraries             Spring 2013
Evaluating Web Resources           5 Major Criteria•   Accuracy•   Authority•   Objectivity•   Currency•   Coverage       ...
Accuracy• Rationale:    http://www.oncolink.org/; https://www.penncancer.org/• Anyone can publish anything on the Web.   –...
Authority      Is there an author? Is the page signed?       Is the author qualified? An expert?• Rationale: It’s often ha...
Objectivity     View any Web page as you would an infomercial ontelevision. Ask yourself why was this written and for whom...
Currency• Is the page dated?• Is so, when was the last update?  http://www.cmpharm.ucsf.edu/cohen/research/pag• How curren...
Coverage• What topics are covered?• What does this page offer that is not found  elsewhere?  http://www.iihs.org/laws/cell...
Format and Presentation• Is the information easy to get to? How  many links does it take to get to something  useful?• Is ...
Evaluating Website Resources• Five criteria for evaluating Web Pages  http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/we•...
Evaluating Website Resources• Five criteria for evaluating Web Pages  http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/we•...
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  1. 1. Are these Websites Legit? Lynn Berard, Science Libraries Spring 2013
  2. 2. Evaluating Web Resources 5 Major Criteria• Accuracy• Authority• Objectivity• Currency• Coverage What is your favorite website?
  3. 3. Accuracy• Rationale: http://www.oncolink.org/; https://www.penncancer.org/• Anyone can publish anything on the Web. – Unlike traditional print resources, web resources rarely have editors or fact-checkers. – No web standards exist to ensure accuracy. – Know the distinction between author and webmaster. – http://www.umbachconsulting.com/miscellany/velcro.html
  4. 4. Authority Is there an author? Is the page signed? Is the author qualified? An expert?• Rationale: It’s often hard to determine a web page’s authorship. - Even if a page is signed, qualifications aren’t generally given. http://inequality.org/ – Look for a header or footer showing affiliation. – Look at the domain. (.edu, .com, .ac.uk, .org., net) http://www.ovaprima.org/index.htm
  5. 5. Objectivity View any Web page as you would an infomercial ontelevision. Ask yourself why was this written and for whom?• Rationale: http://www.beefnutrition.org• Frequently the goals of the sponsors aren’t clearly stated.• Often the Web serves as a virtual “soapbox”.• Be wary of advertising masked as information• http://wesa.fm/2012/10/05/website-aims-bring-objectivit
  6. 6. Currency• Is the page dated?• Is so, when was the last update? http://www.cmpharm.ucsf.edu/cohen/research/pag• How current are the links? Have some expired or moved?• Is there a difference between created date and last update?• CNN: http://www.cnn.com/
  7. 7. Coverage• What topics are covered?• What does this page offer that is not found elsewhere? http://www.iihs.org/laws/cellphonelaws.aspx• How in-depth is the material?• Is it all images, or a balance of text and images?• Is the information presented cited correctly? http://www.yogakitty.com/
  8. 8. Format and Presentation• Is the information easy to get to? How many links does it take to get to something useful?• Is the target audience or intended users clearly indicated?• Does the site have its own search engine? Http://www.whitehouse.net http://www.whitehouse.gov/
  9. 9. Evaluating Website Resources• Five criteria for evaluating Web Pages http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/we• Tutorial: http:// www.umuc.edu/library/libhow/websiteeval uation_tutorial.cfm
  10. 10. Evaluating Website Resources• Five criteria for evaluating Web Pages http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/we• Tutorial: http:// www.umuc.edu/library/libhow/websiteeval uation_tutorial.cfm

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