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PLUG-INs A Student’s Guide to Information Literacy . QUESTIONS ABOUT WEBSITES. Websites from the Internet can be fast and easy to use. But, how do you know if the information is good, accurate and reliable ?. How do you know if the information is rubbish?.

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Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

PLUG-INs A Student’s Guide to Information Literacy

QUESTIONS

ABOUT WEBSITES


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Websites from the Internet can be fast and easy to use.

But, how do you know if the information is good, accurate and reliable ?

How do you know if the information is rubbish?


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Anybody can create a website and post any information he or she chooses.

So, you must

be careful and think critically about the websites you find.

Here are some questions at ask yourself.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

First, who runs or owns the site ?

The name

of an organization

might be misleading.

Maybe it looks like an educational site. But, really it is an online store.

It might be

a person,

a company or an organization.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

For example,

you find a site called

“The Truth About the Earth” run by “Scientists for Earth Study.”

But when you read, the writers say the Earth is flat.

Maybe

this site is a joke.

Or, maybe it is written by unscientific, crazy people.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Next, ask yourself, who pays for the site?

Look for “About Us”

or “About this site.”

It may be a company or business, a college or a government organization.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Look at the URL suffix. This can tell you something about who runs and pays for a site.

.com

means the site is commercial or owned by a company.

.edu

means that site is run by an educational institution.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

.gov

means the site is run by the government

.org

means the site

is run by an organization, sometimes non-profit but not always.

.net

means the site is part of a commercial network.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

.ae

means the site

is from the UAE.

There are many

2-letter country codes. They are called ccTLD.

You can know what country a website is from.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Next ask yourself, what is the purpose

of the site ?

Is it only

to give information

or to sell something ?

Is the site “honest” about the purpose or does it try to trick you ?


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Are there advertisements or sponsored links ?

Advertisements

are not always bad. Somebody has to pay for a website even if the purpose is educational.

Is it clear

what is an advertisement

and what is content?


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Are there links to

other sites?

Are the links online stores?

Are the links to references, citations or sources of the information ?

This is a feature of

a good site.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Where does the info come from ?

Is it based on scientific research? Is it from a university or government agency?

Or, is the info based on personal opinion only ?


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Are the authors experts in the subject or people with no special training or education?

Look to see if the authors have educational degrees, professional memberships and certifications.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Is the information biased or prejudiced ?

Does the language seem emotional, not logical ?

Are there unbelievable claims ?

Is there only 1 side of the story ?


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Are there links, references or citations for facts and figures ?

Or, did the author invent them ?

Can you check the information ?

Is the information reviewed by experts before posting ?


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

What is the date of the page ?

How often is the page updated?

How current or new is the info ?

If you see no date on the page, maybe the page is not a good one.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Lastly, does the site collect info about the users ?

What is their “Privacy Policy ?”

What will they do with your personal information ? Will they sell it to marketers ?

Do you need

to register or

sign up to see information ?


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

There are

so many questions to ask yourself about websites.

But, it is important to take time to do this.

Otherwise, you may waste your time if information from a website is rubbish.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

I hope this helps you understand how to tell a good website from a bad website.

Ask your

teacher or your friendly librarian if you have any questions.


Plug ins a student s guide to information literacy

Thank you for listening.

HAPPY READING !


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