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Website Evaluation


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Website Evaluation

  1. 1. Website Evaluation Content adapted from: Beck, Susan.  The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why It’s a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources .  1997. Image courtesy of Kristen King
  2. 2. Spend a few minutes exploring this site. What are your general impressions of the webpage?
  3. 3. Five Criteria for Web Evaluation <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage </li></ul>
  4. 4. Authority <ul><li>Is there an author? Is the author qualified? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for a header or footer showing affiliation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the URL. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the domain: . edu, .com, .uk, .org, .net </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anyone can publish anything on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>It is often hard to determine a web page's authorship. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Are you able to identify the author of this site and/or the organization who created it? If not, how might that affect the usefulness of the information?
  6. 6. Accuracy <ul><li>Is the information reliable and error-free? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an editor or someone who verifies/checks the information? </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike traditional print resources, web resources rarely have editors or fact-checkers. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently, no web standards exist to ensure accuracy. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Does the author cite any of his sources on the site? If not, how might that affect the accuracy of the information?
  8. 8. Objectivity <ul><li>Does the information show a minimum of bias? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the page designed to sway opinion? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there any advertising on the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Websites are often a “soapbox” for personal opinion. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Is there any evidence of bias on this page? If so, how might that affect the usefullness of the information?
  10. 10. Currency <ul><li>Is the page dated? </li></ul><ul><li>If so, when was the last update? </li></ul><ul><li>How current are the links? Have some expired or moved? </li></ul><ul><li>Publication or revision dates are not always provided. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Is this page up to date? If not, how might that affect the usefulness of the information?
  12. 12. Coverage <ul><li>What topics are covered? </li></ul><ul><li>What does this page offer that is not found elsewhere? </li></ul><ul><li>How in-depth is the material? </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently, it's difficult to determine the extent of coverage of a topic from a web page. The page may or may not include links to other web pages or print references. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Does this site provided detailed/in-depth information? If not, how might that affect the usefulness of the information?
  14. 14. Remember: A Good Website Has… <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage </li></ul>