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Evaluating a web resource

Six criteria for evaluating a web resource

Cheny Collins

on 22 April 2011

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Evaluating Web sites is a survival skill for teachers wishing to use the internet in the classroom.
(Nelson 2008) WHAT
Accuracy, Purpose & Appropriateness WHERE
Origin of information
Verification of source WHY
Purpose of Site/Justify HOW
Presentation of Information & Usability WHEN
Currency of Information EVALUATING A WEB RESOURCE References McIntyre Library. (2003). Ten criteria for evaluating websites, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, US http://www.taftcollege.edu/newTC/Academic/INCO48/sec6-4.htm
Who is the author?
Does the author list credentials?
Is the author an amateur or a professional in this field?
Is there a way to contact the author for further information?
(McIntyre Library 2003) Does the website meet the purpose?
Does the site help teachers meet the standards or goals?
Is the site interactive? Visually appealing? easy to navigate? Fast loading?
(Nelson 2008) Kirk, E. (1996) Evaluating information found on the Internet http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/
Currency refers to the timeliness of information. Apply the following criteria to ascertain currency:
The document includes the date at which the information was gathered
The document refers to clearly dated
Where there is a need to add data or update it on a constant basis, the document includes information on the regularity of updates.
The document includes a publication date or a "last updated" date.
The document includes a date of copyright.
If no date is given in an electronic document, you can view the directory in which it resides and read the date of latest modification.
(Kirk 1996) Beck, S. (2009).The good the bad and the Ugly: or, why it’s a good idea to evaluate Web sources. http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html
Who is the sponsor?
Is the sponsor of the page reputable? How reputable?
Is there a link to information about the author or the sponsor?
If the page includes neither a signature nor indicates a sponsor, is there any other way to determine its origin?
Look for a header or footer showing affiliation.
Look at the URL. http://www.fbi.gov
Look at the domain. .edu, .com, .ac.uk, .org, .net
(Beck 2009)
Why has the site been created?
Who benefits from the site?
What does the URL (Web address) say about the producer of the web site, and its purpose?
What is the purpose of the site or page?
Look for tips in graphics and text. Web pages may be...
entertaining persuasive
a hoax
(Lesley University 2007) Lesley University. (2007). Evaluating Web Site. http://www.lesley.edu/library/guides/research/evaluating_web.html
Johnson, L and Lamb A (2007) Evaluating Internet resource. http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic32.htm
Efficiency - Is this information worth the effort? Think about the organization and speed of information access.
Is the information well-organized including a table of contents, index, menu, and other easy-to-follow tools for navigation?
Is the information presented in a way that is easy to use (i.e., fonts, graphics, headings)?
Is the information quick to access?
(Johnson & Lamb 2007)
Nelson, K. J. (2008). Designing Internet based activities. Teaching in the Digital Age. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press. WHO
Reliability & Relevance
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