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C.A.R.S. Website Evaluation

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Susan Miller

on 14 November 2014

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Transcript of C.A.R.S. Website Evaluation

Are sources listed?
Can they be checked?
Is there a way to contact the author or organization?
How do we know
if a website is credible or accurate?
What are some things you think are important to look for when evaluating a web-site?
C.
A.
R.
S.
What Does It All Mean?
www
World Wide Web
http
https
Hypertext Transfer Protocol
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure
.com
Domain extension for commerce
.net
Domain extension originally for network providers but is sometimes used as a .com
.gov
Domain extension for government
http://www.amazon.com/
http://www.parismo.net/‎
http://www.whitehouse.gov/
.edu
Domain extension for education. Just be careful as ".edu" can sometimes represent student work and not be as reliable.
.org
.mil
Domain extension for non-profit organizations.
Domain extension for military.
http://www.westminster-mo.edu/‎
http://www.joplinmo.org/‎
http://www.wood.army.mil/‎
Is this site
Credible?
Is the author's name listed? Are they an authority on the subject?
Is the name of the school or organization named?
Do all the links on the page work?
Are there spelling errors, grammar errors, or other problems?
Look for a degree or title to be listed next to the Author's name.
Is the author a Dr.? Do the letters Ph.D. appear after the author's name?
If the site is hosted by a school or organization, the URL might end in .edu, .org, or .gov.
For this step, you will have to skim the page. Don't spend too much time on this, you should be able to spot these errors quickly!
Is this site
Accurate?
Does the information on the site agree with other sources?
Is the information useful?
Do the graphics and pictures go along with the content?
What is the date of publication or copyright?
Is the link current or been updated within the
past year or two?
Does the information have anything to do with your topic?
Do the pictures help describe what is on the page or are they distracting?
Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the words "updated" and then a date.
Is the site
Reasonable?
Does the author have a bias (strong opinion)?
What is the motivation or purpose for creating the site?
Is the information easy to read and understand?
Is it written to sell a product?
Is it written to educate?
Is it written to express a belief or opinion?
Is the font readable?
Is it easy to navigate around the site?
Does this site have
Support?
Look for links to other websites that may have authority on the topic.
Sometimes this is called "works cited" or a bibliography.
Check the bottom of the web page for a link titled "Contact".
Sometimes this link is also located in other areas of the page.
Let's try evaluating a few websites together about the moon.
What Does It All Mean?
What Does It All Mean?
Using apps such as Google sites just about
anyone
can post information to the internet.
http://www.moonshop.com/
http://www.moonsociety.org/
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/
URL
Universal Resource Locator
http://
ww2
.ikeepbookmarks.com/
ww2?
with CARS
What about Wikipedia?
A wiki is a web application which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in collaboration with others.
Wikipedia is "a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia that is supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.
Wikipedia contributors. "Wikipedia." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 24 Mar. 2014. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.
George Washington and his Ninja Monkeys

Evaluating Websites
"Dead" links, i.e., links that are no longer working or accurate, could be a sign of a page that hasn't been updated or edited recently. This should be a clue that this may not be the newest information.
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