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Evaluating Websites - Middle/High School

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Elizabeth Futch

on 14 November 2010

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Transcript of Evaluating Websites - Middle/High School

Evaluating Websites How do we know if a website is credible or accurate? Anyone can post information to the Internet. What are some things you think are important to look
for when evaluating a web-site? Is this site Is the author's name listed? Are they an authority on the subject? Is the name of the school or organization named? If the site is hosted by a school
or organization, the URL might
end in .edu, .org, or .gov Is the link current or been updated within the past year or two? Scroll to the
bottom of the page
and look for the
words 'updated' and
then a date. Credible? Do all the links on the page work? Click on some of the links
on the page and see if they
take you to other pages. does this site have Support? Are sources listed? Can they be checked? Look for links to
other websites that
may have authority
on the topic. Sometimes this is
called 'works cited'
or a bibliography. Are there spelling errors, grammar errors, or other problems? 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! 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? Is there a way to contact the author or organization? Check the bottom of
the webpage for a link
titled 'Contact'.
Sometimes this link is
also located in other areas
of the page. A R S C 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 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? Is the text written at a level that is over your head or is it too easy for you? Does the information have anything to do with your topic? Do the pictures help describe what is on the page or are they distracting? Lets try evaluating some
websites together. http://www.weathergraphics.com/tim/fisher/ Adapted from The C.A.R.S. Checklist for Evaluating Internet Sources
by Robert Harris & Andrew Spinks
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