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A Web of Information: Beware of Spiders!

The goal of this presentation is to help make students more effective Internet searchers.
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Justin Duff

on 31 January 2013

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A Web of Information:
Beware of Spiders! Quality of Information It is important to know that not all web content is factual. You will need to be able to determine whether or not information is factual and unbiased. Where does this site live? The first clue to use is the address of the site on which you found your information. (What are the six top level domains and their meaning? 2012)
.com addresses are often commercial/business sites.
.org addresses generally belong to non-profit organizations.
.gov refers to government websites
.edu is reserved for educational institutions Purpose Generally, a reputable website will state its purpose. If a site's purpose is to sell you a product or a point of view, beware that the information is likely biased (Abram, 2007b). Advertising 5 Things
to know
about
Advertising 1: Ads are not always bad (Abram, 2007b)
Without advertisers, the price of accessing information online would be very high.
Ads can alert you to valid opinions, points of view and even useful products. 2: Pop-Ups
If you are blocking all Pop-Ups, you are missing integral parts of some websites (Abram, 2007b).
Learn to selectively allow Pop-Ups in your Internet browser. 3: AdWords
When you search the Internet, some advertisers take the words from your search, and put them into their ads. Following these ads will likely delay you as you search for valid information. As you will see in the following screenshot, advertisements often fill nearly the entire page (Abram, 2007b). 4: SEO
Search Engine Optimization
Web Designers can insert hidden information into the html of their pages. This information can trick search engines into thinking that their pages are more relevant to your search than other pages. (Wilding).
To find out more about how they do this, see URL: http://www.pushon.co.uk/articles/top-5-white-hat-and-black-hat-search-optimisation-techniques/ 5: Wikipedia
While this site is not intended for advertising, consider who wrote the information that you are reading (Abram, 2007b). At the top of each entry, there is a "View History" tab. Click this tab to see who contributed to the article you are reading Big, Scary
Spiders! ADS Firewalls and blocked sites do not stop the existence of Internet criminals any more than posting a sign that reads "No Spiders Allowed" will stop spiders from coming inside. Learn to protect your own identity.
Before giving your name, address or other information to a website, ask yourself, "Why does this site need this information?" (Association for Library Services to Children).
The site may be selling your information to 3rd parties! (Abram, 2007b).
Is the information you want from the site worth the risk?
View the site's privacy policies to find out what they are doing with the information. If you can not verify the identity of someone you are talking to online, be aware that they may not be who they say they are. (Abram, 2007a).
Never give too much personal or banking information without being 100% certain that you should be doing so. References
Abram, S. (2007a, March). Shooting Themselves in the Foot. MultiMedia & Internet@Schools. pp. 17-19.

Abram, S. 2 (2007b). K-12 Information Literacy: Preparing for the Dark Side. Multimedia & Internet@Schools, 14(4), 25-28.

Association for Library Services to Children (n.d.). Great Web Sites for Kids Selection Criteria. Retrieved December 22, 2012 from http://www.ala.org/alsc/greatwebsites/greatwebsitesforkids/greatwebsites

What are the six top level domains and their meaning? (2012). Wiki Answers. Retrieved January 30, 2013, from http://ttp://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_six_top_level_domains_and_their_meaning

Wilding, R. (n.d.). Top 5 White Hat and Black Hat Search Optimisation Techniques - PushON Ltd. SEO Agency : Online Marketing Agency Manchester : Magento Web Development PushON. Retrieved January 30, 2013, from http://www.pushon.co.uk/articles/top-5-white-hat-and-black-hat-search-optimisation-techniques/ By Justin Duff
Lesley University
ECOMP 6201
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