Evaluating Websites
English 101 – Mrs. Salazar
November 11, 2010
About domain names
Purpose
 .com - commercial
 .org – nonprofit entities
 .gov – government
agencies
 .edu – education...
Understanding the URL
http://www.stanford.edu/~ccarson/articles/am
_left.htm
 http:// is the protocol or access method
 ...
Evaluation Criteria
Authorship – Do the authors have authority
on the topic? .com, .org, .gov, .edu?
Currency – Is this si...
Who is the author?
 Look for an “About Us” link on the page.
 Is it a personal page? Check for a tilde (~) in
the URL.
...
Still not sure?
Try Googling the author’s name.
Clayborne Carson
Evaluation starts on results page
Let’s look at Google:
www.google.com
Let’s Practice
Carefully read the following question
and then examine the two websites
to see which would be the better
ch...
Which site would you use?
You are writing a research paper about theologian Dietrich
Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the N...
Which site would you use?
You are writing a research paper about the collapse of the
Tacoma Narrows Bridge for a history c...
Which site would you use?
You are writing a research paper on Sojourner Truth and want to
find verifiable biographical inf...
Which site would you use?
You are writing an essay exploring the life and work of Chinua
Achebe and want to learn more abo...
Which site would you use?
You are writing an essay about the health aspects of choosing a
vegetarian diet. Which of the fo...
Which site would you use?
You are writing a research paper exploring the pros and cons of
using “marriage promotion” as a ...
Review of Evaluation Criteria
Authorship – Do the authors have authority
on the topic? .com, .org, .gov, .edu?
Currency – ...
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  1. 1. Evaluating Websites English 101 – Mrs. Salazar November 11, 2010
  2. 2. About domain names Purpose  .com - commercial  .org – nonprofit entities  .gov – government agencies  .edu – educational institutions State or Country of Origin  .uk  .ca  .ca.us  .ca.gov (www.dmv.ca.gov)
  3. 3. Understanding the URL http://www.stanford.edu/~ccarson/articles/am _left.htm  http:// is the protocol or access method  www.stanford.edu is the domain or host name  .edu is the top level domain  ~ccarson/articles/am_left.htm is the directory path folder on the domain computer
  4. 4. Evaluation Criteria Authorship – Do the authors have authority on the topic? .com, .org, .gov, .edu? Currency – Is this site out of date for your topic? Accuracy – Works cited? Does the information fit with what you know? Purpose – Why was the site created?
  5. 5. Who is the author?  Look for an “About Us” link on the page.  Is it a personal page? Check for a tilde (~) in the URL.  If you can’t figure out who is responsible for the page, try truncating the URL: http://www.stanford.edu/~ccarson/ar ticles/am_left.htm
  6. 6. Still not sure? Try Googling the author’s name. Clayborne Carson
  7. 7. Evaluation starts on results page Let’s look at Google: www.google.com
  8. 8. Let’s Practice Carefully read the following question and then examine the two websites to see which would be the better choice.
  9. 9. Which site would you use? You are writing a research paper about theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the Nazis for his opposition to Hitler. Which of the following sources would be a better place to get an overview of his life and work? A. Bonhoeffer www.pbs.org/bonhoeffer B. Dietrich Bonhoeffer www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/bonhoeffer C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  10. 10. Which site would you use? You are writing a research paper about the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for a history class. Which site provides better information about bridge aerodynamics for you and your audience? A. Computational Bridge Aerodynamics www.bridgeaerodynamicslab.us/index.htm B. Mark Ketchum’s Bridge Aerodynamics Page www.ketchum.org/wind.html C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  11. 11. Which site would you use? You are writing a research paper on Sojourner Truth and want to find verifiable biographical information about her. Which of the following sources would be the better choice? A. San Antonio College LitWeb www.alamo.edu/sac/english/bailey/struth.htm B. Sojourner Truth – African American Historical Figure http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory/nsotrue.html C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  12. 12. Which site would you use? You are writing an essay exploring the life and work of Chinua Achebe and want to learn more about Achebe’s views. Which of the following sources would be the better choice? A. Chinua Achebe www.kirjasto.sci.fi/achebe.htm B. The Failure Interview: Chinua Achebe by Jason Zasky failuremag.com/index.php/feature/article/chinua_achebe C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  13. 13. Which site would you use? You are writing an essay about the health aspects of choosing a vegetarian diet. Which of the following sources would be a better place to get objective scientific information? A. Meat vs. Vegetarian Diet http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article/meat-vs-vegetarian-diet-your-best/ B. Vegetarianism in a Nutshell: Health www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/vegetarianism-in-a-nutshell-health C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  14. 14. Which site would you use? You are writing a research paper exploring the pros and cons of using “marriage promotion” as a means to decrease poverty and improve families’ well-being. Which source below would be a more reliable source of statistics? Be prepared to explain your reasoning. A. The Heritage Foundation www.heritage.org/Research/Family/cda0306.cfm B. The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/ C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  15. 15. Review of Evaluation Criteria Authorship – Do the authors have authority on the topic? .com, .org, .gov, .edu? Currency – Is this site out of date for your topic? Accuracy – Works cited? Does the information fit with what you know? Purpose – Why was the site created?

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