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Bright Ideas: Internet Research. National History Day Workshop Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. Evaluating Webpages. WHY is it important to evaluate Internet resources? ANYONE can "publish" information on the Internet.

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Bright Ideas: Internet Research

National History Day Workshop

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Evaluating Webpages

WHY is it important to evaluate Internet resources?

  • ANYONE can "publish" information on the Internet.

  • Unlike traditional print resources, web resources rarely have editors or academic reviewers.

  • No standards exist to ensure accuracy on the World Wide Web.


Evaluating Webpages

Ask these three questions:

  • Author - WHO wrote the web page?

  • Bias - WHAT is the author's point of view?

  • Currency - IS this current or out-of-date?


WHO wrote the web page?

  • Who is the author? Is there any link that provides more information about this person - their profession, education, titles, etc.?

  • Is the author an authority on the subject?

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3


WHO wrote the web page?

But what if there is no author?

  • What organization or group created the webpage? .com, .gov, .org, .mil

Example 1

Example 2


WHAT is the author's point of view?

  • Is the Web page sponsored by a corporation that wants to sell you something?

  • Who is the author and are they trying to sway your opinion?

  • Is the Web page owner an organization looking to present their point of view on an issue?

Example 1

Example 2


IS this current or out-of-date?

  • Is the document dated?

  • Is the content of the work current or up-to-date?

  • Are there links to older or newer information?

  • Are the links up-to-date? Do the hyperlinks take you to "Not Found" pages?

Example 1

Example 2


Review

  • Author - WHO wrote the web page?

  • Bias - WHAT is the author's point of view?

  • Currency - IS this current or out-of-date?


The MOST IMPORTANT question you should askwhen conducting any historical research

This applies to any source:

books, websites, documents, photos, videos, sound recordings...


The MOST IMPORTANT question you should askwhen conducting any historical research

WHY is this important?


Getting Started

http://www.nationalhistoryday.org

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/

http://hoover.archives.gov


Acknowlegements

Some examples borrowed from:

EVALUATING INTERNET SITES 101!,

written by Carol Anne Germain and Laura Horn.University Libraries, University at Albany

http://library.albany.edu/usered/wwweval/aud/aud3.html


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