Blog evaluation
techniques
Distinguishing the good from the bad
After this session, you will be able to:
 Evaluate the accuracy of blogs and web documents
 Identify the authority of bl...
acknowledgements
 Material for this training session comes from the following sources:
 “Evaluating Web Content,” User E...
Procedure
 Step by step, we will consider five evaluative criteria:
accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and cover...
Accuracy
 Who is the author of the page?
Can you contact him/her?
 What is the blog’s purpose?
Is the purpose clearly st...
http://www.jadaliyya.com/
Authority
 Can you identify the publisher of the blog?
Is she separate from the webmaster?
 Does an institution publish ...
http://www.jadaliyya.com/
Objectivity
 What are the goals/objectives of the blog?
Does the blog meet those objectives?
 Is the information detaile...
http://www.jadaliyya.com/
Currency
 When was the blog produced?
 Does it have “dead” links?
 How recently was the page updated?
http://www.jadaliyya.com/
Coverage
 Are there links and are those links evaluated? Do the
links complement themes in the document?
 Does the site ...
http://www.jadaliyya.com/
Wrap-up
 Accuracy
 Authority
 Objectivity
 Currency
 Coverage
Memory aid: AAOCC
Lab and homework assignment
 We will walk through an evaluation of the first website.
 Your homework assignment is to pi...
http://arabist.net/
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/
http://www.sandmonkey.org/
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  1. 1. Blog evaluation techniques Distinguishing the good from the bad
  2. 2. After this session, you will be able to:  Evaluate the accuracy of blogs and web documents  Identify the authority of blogs and web documents  Appraise the objectivity of blogs and web documents  Assess the currency of blogs and web documents  Estimate the coverage of blogs and web documents
  3. 3. acknowledgements  Material for this training session comes from the following sources:  “Evaluating Web Content,” User Education – Promoting Information Literacy, University Libraries SUNY, Albany http://library.albany.edu/usered/eval/evalweb/EvaluatingWebCon tent.pdf  “Five Criteria for evaluating Web pages,” Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University, Ask a Librarian “http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/webcrit.html From Kapoun, Jim. “Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation: a guide for library instruction.” C&RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523
  4. 4. Procedure  Step by step, we will consider five evaluative criteria: accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage (AAOCC).  But we will not go over these concepts in a vacuum.  We will examine each on a website example that you will have at your desktop and on your handout.  Please take notes on how we look at the concepts and the examples because you will have an opportunity to do an independent assessment.  Questions?
  5. 5. Accuracy  Who is the author of the page? Can you contact him/her?  What is the blog’s purpose? Is the purpose clearly stated?  Is the blogger qualified to write the blog?
  6. 6. http://www.jadaliyya.com/
  7. 7. Authority  Can you identify the publisher of the blog? Is she separate from the webmaster?  Does an institution publish the blog? Can you determine the institution from the domain?  Can we ascertain the publisher’s credentials/qualifications?
  8. 8. http://www.jadaliyya.com/
  9. 9. Objectivity  What are the goals/objectives of the blog? Does the blog meet those objectives?  Is the information detailed?  Does the author express opinions? What are the author’s opinions?
  10. 10. http://www.jadaliyya.com/
  11. 11. Currency  When was the blog produced?  Does it have “dead” links?  How recently was the page updated?
  12. 12. http://www.jadaliyya.com/
  13. 13. Coverage  Are there links and are those links evaluated? Do the links complement themes in the document?  Does the site have a balance between images and text?  Is presented information cited correctly?
  14. 14. http://www.jadaliyya.com/
  15. 15. Wrap-up  Accuracy  Authority  Objectivity  Currency  Coverage Memory aid: AAOCC
  16. 16. Lab and homework assignment  We will walk through an evaluation of the first website.  Your homework assignment is to pick two additional blogs from among the four provided and evaluate using the criteria we have discussed.  For extra credit, you may evaluate all three of the provided sites, or you may evaluate one of your own choosing.
  17. 17. http://arabist.net/
  18. 18. http://angryarab.blogspot.com/
  19. 19. http://www.sandmonkey.org/

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