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Lindsey Long

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Transcript of RADCAB

Your vehicle for website evaluation.
What is it?
RADCAB is a tool that students can use to evaluate (judge) websites and information.
What does RADCAB mean?
R is for Relevancy
Does this website have information about my topic?

Am I on the right track?
Relevant means "connected to what is being dealt with or discussed. "
I should ask myself...
A is for Appropriateness
I should ask myself...
Is this information meant for kids my age?
D is for Detail
Books have helpful ways to organize information, like the table of contents, chapters, and index.

Websites should have helpful details to organize information, also.
I should ask myself..
How much information do I need?
Is this website organized?
Does it have...
page titles and headings?
links to other websites?
helpful photos or videos?
a way to search for information?
C is for Currency
Some topics, like science and technology, are constantly changing. Some topics, like ancient history, remain pretty much the same over time.
I should ask myself...
Is it very important that my website was made/updated this year, or could it be older and still have good information?

Does this website have a date when it was last updated?

Does this date fit with my topic?
A is for Authority
Almost anyone can create a website, which is one of the
great things about the Internet, but we have to be very
careful that we know who wrote the information on a
site that we use for research.
I should ask myself...
Who is the author of this information?
Why is this person qualified to write an article on this topic?
B is for Bias
Not all websites are created for the same reason.
We must determine why the site was created.
I should ask myself...
Why was this information written?
Was it written to inform me, persuade me, or sell me something?
Why do I need to evaluate a website?
We use search engines, like Google, to search the Internet for a topic. This program is called a webcrawler because it crawls around the Internet and collects information.

Some of this information is reliable, some of it is not.
How can I tell if the information is reliable?
If the answer to these questions is YES,
you have a great website for research!
A for Appropriateness:
Is this website meant for kids my age?

Can I read it and understand most of the information?
R for Relevency:
Is this website about my topic?
D is for Details:
Is my website organized? Can I find information easily?
C is for Currency:
Is my website up-to-date?

A is for Authority:
Who is the author of this website? What do they know about this topic?
B is for Bias:
What is the author's purpose? Is it to inform the reader?
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