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Website Evaluation

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Liz Friend

on 19 April 2018

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*Why was the site created?
--Is it trying to sell you something?
I: Information

*Is the information current?
*Is there a publication date provided?
*If dated, is the information still useful? (Or do they still think George W. Bush is still the president of the US? ...Or a leprechaun?)
Remember S.P.I.D.E.R.
S: Sources
P: Purpose
I: Information
D: Domain
E: Educational
R: Relevant & Reliable
Want to make sure a website is good?
Let Spider-Guy show you:
*How to find credible sources for your research
*Tell you why you should bother!

*Facts in books, journals and other resources have already been checked.

*Researchers, publishers, and librarians do this as part of their jobs.

*This kind of fact checking DOESN'T happen on the internet!
Yes, GOOGLE is
the Big Dog here.
And then there's WIKIPEDIA.

*Yes! It's a great source for basic information...as long as you're not planning to cite it.
*Why? Because anyone can change it. This is good...and bad. Check this out:
*What are the author's qualifications?
--educational background & expertise
*Is the website done by a reputable organization or institution?
*Follow the links--where else does the site go? (If it leads to the KKK or Neo-Nazis, you should think twice about using it. But more about that in a minute.)
*Is the website appropriate for your research needs? Or is it more like Laffy Taffy for your brain?
Think about it:
you're doing a project on Apollo 11. How could this website help you?
R: Relevant & Reliable
*Is the same information available in other places, like books, magazines, or on other websites?
*Is the information presented as fact or opinion? Is it free from bias?
*Do the conclusions make sense? Are there links to more information, or other references?
*Is it free of grammatical or spelling errors?
Other important questions about the website's information:
*Is it thorough?
*Does it add anything new to what you already know?
*Are there pictures or videos that add to the text?
*Does the information address your topic?
*Does it provide evidence for your point of view?
*Does the information verify facts you've found in other sources?
*Is the information RELIABLE?
But there are others!
Check these out for
better content and
fewer ads:
what website you use
for your research?

Your teacher, for one.

(And you should, too--no use wasting your time/your LIFE on bogus "facts"!)
--Is its function to

provide information?
Is it trying to persuade you to do something?
What's the difference?
Academic search sites
focus on student needs,
not on selling a product.
Your brain...
use it or
lose it.
Take a guess!
Where are these
domain names located?
(Watch out--a couple of
these are tricky!)
Why would knowing the country of origin
help you evaluate information about terrorists? What if you got an email from
Nigeria asking you to send someone money?

.uk - United Kingdom (England)
.ca - Canada
.ch - Switzerland
.cn - China
.dk - Denmark
.es - Spain
.fr - France
.il - Israel
.in - India
.ng - Nigeria
.pk - Pakistan
.ru - Russia
.sa - Saudi Arabia
All the Frisco ISD library ladies who contributed:
Stacy Cameron, Pioneer Heritage MS
Jessica Denham, Carroll ES
Mary Virginia Meeks, Cobb MS
Tammy Turner, Centennial HS

Liz Friend made this Prezi
at Wester MS
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