Utilizing Internet ResourcesPaul D. Page, M.A., M.L.S.
Finding Information on the Web About 47 Billion webpages About 44 Billion webpages About 34 Billion webpages Source: http://www.worldwidewebsize.com/Paul D. Page, M.A., M.L.S.
1. Websites are constructions. What is written is the product of many decisions and determining factors: the author’s attitudes, interpretations and conclusions are built into the text.2. Websites contain belief and value messages. Reflect the opinions of their authors/creators; whether intentional or not these opinions may be biased and seek to influence the reader.3. Interpretation is subjective. Demographic factors and experiential factors influence how we interpret a message.4. Websites serve a variety of interests and/or agendas. Websites are produced intentionally. Many may seek to promote an agenda along ideological lines or to produce a profit as a result of commercial interests.5. Websites develops their own “language” in order to position readers. Websites create meaning through distinctive techniques, conventions and aesthetics.*Adapted from The Capacity Building Series, The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat , Ontariohttp://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/Critical_Literacy.pdf
Evaluation Criteria Currency - The timeliness of the information Relevance - The importance of the information for your needs Authority - The source of the information Accuracy - The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content Purpose - The reason the information existsPaul D. Page, M.A., M.L.S.
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“ Wikipedia is like a digital circus where the clownsare in charge of feeding the lions.”
•Anybody can edit•It’s free•Updates are quick•Use of hyperlinks•Size of topic unimportant•Opportunity to discusstopic
•Anybody can add or edit•Vandalism•Bias in some areas•Lack of traditional editing•Incompleteness•Writing quality
Verify with other sources Utilize links View the history Remember the collaborative process Look for biasUse only as a STARTING POINT in the research process !