Evaluating Websites

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Unformatted text preview: Ifoundawebsite!NowhowcanItellifit'sgood? ThereissomuchinformationavailableontheWebthatdeterminingifitisreliableoraccuratecanbe difficult.Thisguideprovidessomecriteriatouseinevaluatingtheusefulnessofwebsitesasresearchsources. Usethesequestionsasatoolforyourevaluation. 1.AUTHORITY Whoauthoredthewebpage?Isitacommercial/business(.com),government(.gov,.mil),academic(.edu), organization(.org),orpersonalwebsite? Authoredbyanindividual:Canyoudeterminetheperson'squalifications?Istheauthorassociated withanorganization?Canyoucontacttheauthor?Aretherelinksbacktotheorganizationwebsite? IstheauthorassociatedwithaUniversity? Authoredbyanorganization:Whataretheorganization'sgoals?Willthisaffectthebiasofthe information?Canyoucontacttheorganizatonfromthewebsite?Isthereaphonenumber,email address,mailingaddress?Areofficersorboardmembersidentified?Istherecontactinformationfor officers/boardmembers? Authoredbyabusinessorcommercialorganizaton:Issomethingbeingsoldonthesite?Isthe informationgeneratedbythebusinessorfromanoutsidesource?Canyoulinktothesource information? 2.ACCURACY Whatisthecontent?Isitanad,speech,opinion,fact,research,article?Isthateasytodetermine? Fromwhatsourcedidthestatisticsandfactscome?Whatdatamethodswereused?Cantheybe verified?Aretherelinkstothesources? Doestheinformationseemcredible?Canyoufindothersitesthatconfirmtheinformation? Doesthesiteincludeimagesandphotographs?Canyoutelliftheyhavebeenedited?Isthe photographerorsourceidentified? 3.CURRENCY Whenwasthesitelastupdated/revised? Whenwastheinformationpostedonthesite?Diditcomefromasitethatiscurrent? 4.AUDIENCE Whoistheintendedaudience?Isitforexperts? Isthepageorsiteinteractive?Canyouchangethecontentonthepage? Canyoushoponthepage? Istheinformationfree? 5.POINTOFVIEW Isthereabiastotheinformation?Isitintendedtoconvince,sway,createopinion? Isthereanattempttobeneutral?Aremultiplesides/opinionsprovided? Isthereadvertisingonthepage?Dotheadsaffectopinionorobjectivity? IMPROVESEARCHRESULTS OnewayforimprovingsearchresultsonthewebistousetheadvancedsearchfeaturesofYahooandGoogle whensearchingforinformation.YahooAdvancedSearchandGoogleAdvancedSearchallowuserstosearch exactphrases,limittospecificurls,andexcludewordsfromthesearch. Source:http://library.csus.edu/guides/rogenmoserd/general/evaluatingweb.html ...
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