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Web Evaluation

6 easy steps to effective website evaluation
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Debra McGhee

on 3 November 2011

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Transcript of Web Evaluation

Why do you need
to evaluate websites? WEB EVALUATION · The Internet is a virtual library, consisting of an unlimited amount of information. · The sites are created for a variety of purposes to inform, persuade, sell, and change an attitude or belief. · Anyone is allowed to publish and access this information. · All of these factors remind us of the fact that information that has been published on the Web, is no indication of its believability or accuracy · The sites are not monitored, edited, regulated, or approved. THERE ARE SIX SIMPLE THINGS TO LOOK AT WHEN YOU EVALUATE WEBSITES 1. AUTHORITY Can you tell who the author is? If not, what organization is sponsoring this Web site? Is the author/sponsor well-regarded in this field? What are his/her credentials? Are you led to additional information about the author? A place of work? Biographical info? How did you get here? Did you link to this site from a site you trust? 2. ACCURACY Is the information accurate? (check with another website)
Can you confirm the reliability of the information? Does this web site provide valuable information? Or, should I keep researching? Do the authors include a bibliography or a reference list? 3. OBJECTIVITY Is this page mostly fact or mostly opinion? Do any of the facts appear out of context? Are they applied in a way to persuade you? Are there links to the organization sponsoring the page? Or, does this seem like a lone person trying to voice his/her opinion? Is the page actually an advertisement disguised as information? page 13 4. CURRENCY Is there a date on the website? Can I tell when this information was last updated? Does it matter to me whether this information is outdated? Why? 5. COVERAGE AND LINKS What topics are included in the site? Are there headings and subheadings? Are there a number of links? Do the links take me to relevant sites? 6. PRESENTATION Is the site clearly laid out? Is it easy to navigate the site to locate information? Are there interesting graphics and other interactive elements? See your Student's Manual for further information
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