Finding And Evaluating Websites

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Finding And Evaluating Websites

  1. 1. FINDING AND EVALUATING WEBSITES<br />
  2. 2. CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING A WEBSITE <br />Authority<br />Currency<br />Accuracy<br />Objectivity<br />Content<br />
  3. 3. AUTHORITY<br />Is the author stated? <br />Does he/she have the necessary education or experience on the subject? <br />Is the page part of an individual&apos;s site or part of an organization&apos;s site? <br />Who is the sponsor?  How reputable is the sponsor? <br />Is contact information available for the author or the sponsor? <br />
  4. 4. ACCURACY<br />Is the site free of obvious errors? <br />Are the facts valid compared to other reliable sources? <br />Does the author give proper attribution to borrowed information or knowledge? <br />
  5. 5. OBJECTIVITY<br />Does the author have a bias, taking a position on an issue, or giving only one side of the story? <br />Is the site designed to promote or sell a service or product? <br />What&apos;s the purpose of the site?  To what audience is the author writing? <br />
  6. 6. CURRENCY<br />Does the web page show when it was last updated? <br />Is the information up-to-date? <br />How current are the links?  Have some expired or moved? <br />
  7. 7. CONTENT<br />Does the site offer something unique that is not found elsewhere? <br />Is the subject well-researched and covered comprehensively? <br />Is the information well organized? <br />
  8. 8. GOOGLE<br />We know our students are using it but we can show them how to be better users of it.<br />Advanced Google searching techniques<br />
  9. 9. ALTERNATIVES TO GOOGLE<br />There are many search engines that we can show our students and even require that they use for an assignment<br />
  10. 10. GOOGLE SCHOLAR<br />A scholarly version of Google, finds primarily journal literature as well as <br />Theses/dissertations<br />Books from scholarly publishers<br /> Preprint databases<br />
  11. 11. GOOGLE BOOKS<br />3 categories of books<br />In print and in copyright-preview & purchase options (links to Amazon, Borders, etc)<br />Out of print but in copyright- available online for preview and purchase.<br />Out of copyright-can read, download and print<br />
  12. 12. DIRECTORIES/INDICES <br />Yahoo directory<br />Librarian’s Index to the Internet<br />DMOZ<br />
  13. 13. “CLUSTERING” SEARCH ENGINES<br />KartOO<br />Quintura<br />
  14. 14. METASEARCH ENGINES<br />Zuula<br />Dogpile<br />
  15. 15. SUBJECT SPECIFIC SEARCH ENGINES<br />Scirus-science<br />Healthline-health information<br />Agriscape-agriculture<br />MathSearch-math<br />
  16. 16. DOMAIN SPECIFIC SEARCH ENGINES<br />Searchedu.com<br />Google US Government Search <br />
  17. 17. CONTENT SPECIFIC SEARCH ENGINES<br />ClipBlast & Blinkx-for video<br />MuviBee-music & music videos<br />
  18. 18. WANT MORE?<br />Try http://www.searchengineguide.com/searchengines.html<br />A search engine directory/guide<br />
  19. 19. Find and explore a search engine that interests you<br />Think about an assignment that incorporates the use of this search engine & meets one or more of the IL standards.<br />

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