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Evaluating Information English 3202 Facebook Group

  1. 1. Evaluating Web information Prof. Noraida Domínguez Flores 2008 English 3202
  2. 2. What to do? <ul><li>When you find information through the Internet it is important to evaluate different aspects to determine if it is correct or valuable information. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What to evaluate? <ul><li>These are the aspects that you need to consider for evaluation: </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Supplier </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Type of publication </li></ul><ul><li>If it is subjective or objective </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of information </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is the purpose of the Web site? <ul><ul><li>By answering the following questions will help you to evaluate the Web site? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does this site provide the kind of information I need? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the site’s primary purpose: inform, promote an idea or a product? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is this a commercial web site (.com), educational (.edu), from a government agency (.gov), from a organization (.org) or other? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Remember… <ul><li>If the purpose of the Web site is to sell or promote a product or service, it will offer the more convenient information for them, not for you. </li></ul><ul><li>But, if the purpose is to educate, then it will be possible that the information is correct. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What you need to identify? <ul><li>First, you need to identify who is responsible for the Web site. The domain extension (.edu, .gov,.org) will give you an idea of this. </li></ul><ul><li>After identifying who is responsible, it will be easier to determine the purpose of the information. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Does the author have appropriate education, training or experience? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is responsible for the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I see the author (s) information? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I contact him or her? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Remember… <ul><li>That anyone can publish information through the Internet, because of this it is important to identify a name, affiliation or other contact information about the author. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Locate the contact information… <ul><li>All Web sites need to include contact information about who is responsible for its publication. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to identify this information to included on your bibliography. </li></ul>
  11. 11. If there is no author… <ul><li>Be sure that the document is on an educational or governmental Web site. This will assure that it is a correct information. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>To be able to evaluate the content, answer the following questions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the author have interest in the topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are arguments supported with documentation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there a reference list? </li></ul></ul>Content
  13. 13. In terms of content… <ul><li>It is important to identify if the information is a personal opinion, or if it is effectively documented with references. </li></ul><ul><li>The presence of a reference list evidence that the author used other resources for the document. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Be sure to identify if the information is accurate, by comparing it with other information you found. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Currency: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When was the material written? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there evidence of newly added material? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the site well maintained? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recognition: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do others recognize the value of this site? </li></ul></ul>Currency and recognition
  16. 16. Next Exercise <ul><li>Identify ONE Web site that provide information about your topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a link to the Web site through the Facebook Wall (by selecting Share a link). </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Answer the following questions about the Web site through the Facebook wall: </li></ul><ul><li>What is the site’s primary purpose: to inform, educate or promote an idea or product? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a commercial, educational, governmental or a web site from an organization? </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Who is responsible for the web site? </li></ul><ul><li>Why you selected this web site? </li></ul><ul><li>On Facebook select Share a Link, provide the title of the Web site and under comments answer this questions. You don’t need to write the questions, just the anwers. </li></ul>