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Evaluating a website

How do you know that a website is useful?
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Joan Vey

on 1 December 2015

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Evaluating a Website
Can anyone publish
on the web?
YES!
Information on
the web varies!
How do you know
whether the
information is true?
unbiased
out-of-date
inaccurate
useful
5 W"s
What information are
you getting?
PURPOSE
When was the
article posted?
CURRENT
Where is this
webpage located?
SOURCE
Evaluate
Unknowns

Who created
the page?
CREDIBLE
Why would I
use this site?
USEFUL
http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney
What is the purpose of the page?
Does the author use opinion words - always, never, least
greatest, worst?
Is each section labeled with a heading?
What is the tone of the page?
Can the information be verified through other sources?
Are the pictures helpful. Are the pictures real?
Is there a date stating when the site was created?
Can you tell when the site was last updated?
Are the links to other sites current?
Did the author sign his/her name?
Are the author's credentials listed?
Does the author give you an e-mail address?
Is this site sponsored by an organization?
Is there an "about us" section?
Look at the URL.
Is this a personal page or site?
What is the domain?
.com commercial (anyone can use it)
.net network (anyone can use it)
.org organization
.gov government
.edu education
Are there any spelling mistakes?
Are the links working?
Does the page take a long time to load?
Did this site answer my questions?
Do I need to research further?
Can I check that this information is accurate?
Use
Databases

http://www.ncwiseowl.org/
WHY?
Libraries pay subscriptions to access this
information.
Experts post and check the information.
Databases provide you with the citation information.
Your turn!
Destiny
Search

http://destiny.wcpss.net/cataloging/servlet/presentadvancedsearchredirectorform.do?l2m=Library%20Search&tm=TopLevelCatalog
Time to Question Things
Be skeptical to start with
Trained to have critical eyes
Don't fall victim to commercial websites
Next Stop....MLA Citations

plagiarism
[pley-juh-riz-uh m, -jee-uh-riz-]

noun
1.
an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own,
as by not crediting the original author
www.dictionary.com

Results of Plagarism:
Forced to take down posts
Pay a large fine
Get sued
Embarrass yourself and your school
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