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Evaluating Web Sites

The following sites provide more information about evaluating Web sites.

  • Critical Evaluation Information
    • The Critical Evaluation Information site is presented by Kathy Schrock. This site is designed to help with the process of evaluating web sites by provided a series of evaluation surveys.
  • Critically Analyzing Information Sources
    • "You can begin evaluating a physical information source (a book or an article for instance) even before you have the physical item in hand. Appraise a source by first examining the bibliographic citation. The bibliographic citation is the written description of a book, journal article, essay, or some other published material that appears in a catalog or index. Bibliographic citations characteristically have three main components: author, title, and publication information. These components can help you determine the usefulness of this source for your paper. (In the same way, you can appraise a Web site by examining the home page carefully.)"
  • Consumer's Guide to Search Engines
    • "Ever have a hard time finding the information that you want on the Web? You are not alone. The best way to defend yourself from too much irrelevant information is to prepare a good defense. Arm yourself with boolean logic, strengthen your search strategy by understanding the difference between directories and search engines and when one search engine isn't getting you anywhere you can always try something else." This site provides links to web sites offering information such as searching tips, secrets behind the search engines, and evaluating resources.
  • Evaluation of information sources
    • "This document is a part of the Information Quality WWW Virtual Library. This page contains pointers to criteria for evaluating information resources, particularly those on the Internet. It is intended to be particularly useful to librarians and others who are selecting sites to include in an information resource guide, or informing users as to the qualities they should use in evaluating Internet information."
  • Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
    • "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources" is presented and maintained by Susan E. Beck. This site provides examples, the criteria that should be used to evaluate web sources, and suggestions for Internet assignments.
  • Internet Detective
    • Internet Detective is an online interactive tutorial which takes the user step by step through the process of evaluating information found on the Internet. Internet Detective is produced by the DESIRE project with funding from the European Union.
  • Tips for Evaluating A World Wide Web Search
    • Tips for Evaluating A World Wide Web Search is a site that will help you learn how to evaluate web sources. "Examine the information you find keeping these questions in mind:
      1. Who is the author/creator?

      2. Who publishes or maintains the web site?

      3. Do I need very current information?

      4. Do I need a certain format?

      5. What are the possibilities that this information is in some way biased?

      6. Did I get the best information, or did I miss some good web sites?"
  • Using Primary Sources on the Web
    • "Students and researchers now have greater access to primary source materials for historical research than ever before. The traditional use of sources available in print and microfilm continues to be the foundation for research, but in some cases documents, letters, maps, photographs of ancient artifacts and other primary material are available online in different formats from free websites or subscription services on the internet. Users of primary sources have always needed to examine their sources critically, but now with the proliferation of electronic resources from a wide variety of web site producers, evaluation is more important than ever before. Users of web resources must now consider the authenticity of documents, what person or organization is the internet provider, and whether the electronic version serves their needs. This brief guide is designed to provide students and researchers with information to help them evaluate the internet sources and the quality of primary materials that can be found online."
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