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Carol jones evaluating web sites


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Evaluating web sites

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Carol jones evaluating web sites

  1. 1. Why evaluate a web site? <ul><li>Putting documents on the web is </li></ul><ul><li>EASY </li></ul><ul><li>FREE or CHEAP </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can do it </li></ul><ul><li>UNMONITORED </li></ul><ul><li>Most pages on general search engines are self-published </li></ul><ul><li>It is up to you to decide if the information on that site is worthwhile </li></ul>
  2. 2. How can you tell if a web site is a good one?
  3. 3. There are 5 main things to look at to be sure you can use a web site in a research paper
  4. 4. Look and evaluate! Consider…. <ul><li>1. Relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>2. Authority </li></ul><ul><li>3. Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>4. Currency </li></ul><ul><li>5. Suitability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Relevancy <ul><li>Is this information something I can use for my topic? Or is it off the subject? </li></ul><ul><li>Does this information have enough detail to help me with my report? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Authority <ul><li>What kind of authority does the author have? Who authored the web site? What credentials are listed for the author(s)? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the credentials reliable or questionable? </li></ul><ul><li>Can the URL of the web site give us information? (.gov, .org., .edu) </li></ul><ul><li>Are there links to further information? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Objectivity <ul><li>Why was this page written and for whom? </li></ul><ul><li>What goals or objectives does this page meet? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this page a mask for advertising? Is the information biased? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information based on facts or is it opinion? Many web sites are opinion pages. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Currency <ul><li>Is a publication date given? </li></ul><ul><li>How up-to-date is the information? </li></ul><ul><li>How important is the publication date for my topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any broken/dead links? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Suitability <ul><li>Is the web site good for some things and not good for other things? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it written for students or for professionals? Can I understand what it says? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>More things to think about! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why was the page put on the web? <ul><li>To inform? </li></ul><ul><li>To share? </li></ul><ul><li>To sell? </li></ul><ul><li>To persuade? </li></ul><ul><li>To explain? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Now ask yourself…. <ul><li>Is the web site as good as other resources I might find in the library, such as subscription databases or print materials? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I using the best sources available? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Finally…. <ul><li>Has the web site passed the evaluation process? </li></ul><ul><li>Then you are ready to take notes! </li></ul>