Evaluating websites

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On information literacy. Designed for EFL students in China, but can be used with native speakers. Helps learners choose credible websites for research.

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Evaluating websites

  1. 1. Adapted from http://www.slideshare.net/saguaro5/finding-and-evaluating- websites-2283483
  2. 2.  Cause: Over 85% of first year college students only use common search engines for finding information.  Baidu, Wikipedia, etc.  Effect:They don’t get the best information.
  3. 3. Authority Currency Accuracy Objectivity Content
  4. 4.  Is the author named?  Does the author have the necessary education or experience?  Is the page part of an individual's site or part of an organization's?  Who is the sponsor?  Is contact information available for the author or the sponsor?
  5. 5.  Is the site free of noticeable errors?  Are the facts valid compared to other reliable sources?  Does the author give proper attribution to borrowed information or knowledge?
  6. 6.  Does the author have a bias, taking a position on an issue, or giving only one side of the story?  Is the site designed to promote or sell a service or product?  What's the purpose of the site?
  7. 7.  Does the web page show when it was last updated?  Is the information up-to-date?  How current are the links? Have some expired or moved?
  8. 8.  Does the site offer something unique that is not found elsewhere?  Is the subject well-researched and covered comprehensively?  Is information cited properly?  Is the information well organized?
  9. 9.  There are many search engines that students should use. Some curate information.
  10. 10.  Librarian’s Index to the Internet www.ipl.org  Yahoo directory dir.yahoo.com  www.dmoz.org
  11. 11. Healthline-health information http://www.healthline.com (Not sure I’d call it a search engine.)  MathSearch-math http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/index/mathsearch.html
  12. 12.  Searchedu.com Searches by .edu, .mil, .gov etc.
  13. 13.  Try http://www.searchengineguide.com/searchengines.html  A search engine directory/guide
  14. 14.  Cornell University Library. (2014). Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria andTools. Retrieved from http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/webeval.html on April 8, 2014.  Carlock, D. (2014). Finding and Evaluating Websites. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/saguaro5/finding-and-evaluating-websites- 2283483 on April 8, 2014.

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