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  1. Internet Detective Searching for Clues Evaluating Web Sites C. Johnson

  2. Evaluating Web Sites All information is not created equal! Facts: • Anyone can be an author on the Internet whether an amateur or an expert. • Information can be true, false or change. • Web sites can be removed without warning. C. Johnson

  3. Evaluating Web Sites A web site suitable for research is • Accurate Facts are correct! • Authoritative Written by an expert • Objective Based on facts NOT opinion • Current Up-to-date C. Johnson

  4. Evaluating Web Sites Be an Internet Detective • Ask questions and look for clues. • Weigh the evidence to make a judgment. To evaluate a web site you must ask • Who? • What? • When? • Where? • Why? • How? C. Johnson

  5. Evaluating Web Sites WHO? Facts • Anyone can publish a web site about any topic. • Web sites are created by • businesses • schools • organizations • individuals C. Johnson

  6. Evaluating Web Sites WHO? Think • Would you trust a web site created about • fixing cars by the classmate sitting next to you? • wrestling techniques by your librarian? • how to find information in our library by your librarian? C. Johnson

  7. Evaluating Web Sites WHO? Ask • Is the author identified? • Is the author an expert on the topic? • How can you find out more about the author? • Can you contact the author from the site? • Is the author part of an organization you know? • Is the site sponsored by a government, organization, school, or company? • Did you get to the site by from a link you trust? C. Johnson

  8. Evaluating Web Sites WHAT? Facts Web sites have a variety of purposes: • To inform • To sell • To persuade • To communicate • To entertain • To misinform • Urban Legends • Hoax • Hate sites C. Johnson

  9. Evaluating Web Sites WHAT? Think A web site you use for one purpose may not work for another. • Purchase music by The Beatles • Report on the history of The Beatles C. Johnson

  10. Evaluating Web Sites WHAT? Ask • Is the purpose of the site stated? • Is the site trying to sell, inform, or persuade? • Does there appear to be another purpose? • Is the information presented with a minimum of bias? • Is there in depth information or is it limited? • Do links support the content? • Does the content have informational value? • Is the same information available in other sources? • Who is the target audience? C. Johnson

  11. Evaluating Web Sites WHEN? Facts • There is no one organization or person who removes old web sites or outdated information. • The organization or person creating the web site must do this. (They don’t always remember or take the time to do this!) C. Johnson

  12. Evaluating Web Sites WHEN? Think • Is a recent update important if you want to know • the name of president of the United States? • the title of Taylor Swift’s latest album? • George Washington’s birthday? C. Johnson

  13. Evaluating Web Sites WHEN? Ask • When was it created? • When was it last updated? • Is the information current? • Does a current date matter? C. Johnson

  14. Evaluating Web Sites WHERE? Facts • Web sites can be evaluated by looking at the URL. • A URL (Universal Resource Locator) is the address you type to go to a web site C. Johnson

  15. Evaluating Web Sites WHERE? Think • Domains make up the URL • edu or ac -- educational institution • com or net -- commercial organization • org -- nonprofit organizations • gov -- government agency • mil -- military C. Johnson

  16. Evaluating Web Sites WHERE? Ask • What is the site's address/URL? • Is the server at a school? A business? A governmental agency? • Is this a personal page with a "~" or ".name" in the URL? • Can I find more about the sponsor? C. Johnson

  17. Evaluating Web Sites WHY? Fact You will have different reasons for using information: • School report • Buying something • Fun • Communicating C. Johnson

  18. Evaluating Web Sites WHY? Think • A web site you use for one purpose may not work for another: • You want to see a movie tonight; • You want to read a review of a movie; • You want to know if a movie won any awards; • You want to tell your friends about a movie you loved! C. Johnson

  19. Evaluating Web Sites WHY? Ask • Why is this information useful for my purpose? • Why should I use this information? • Why is this page better than another? C. Johnson

  20. Evaluating Web Sites HOW? Facts • Appearance of a site can tell you about its content • Some web sites are designed better than others C. Johnson

  21. Evaluating Web Sites HOW? Think • Spelling errors • Too much to look at • Broken links C. Johnson

  22. Evaluating Web Sites HOW? ask • Is the page easy to understand and use? • Is the page well organized or does it look too busy? • Do all of the links work? • Is the page free from a lot of advertising? • Is the content accurate? • Are there spelling or grammar errors? C. Johnson

  23. Evaluating Web Sites Web sites do not have a title or verso page. Look for clues in the • The header • The side bar • The body • The foot C. Johnson

  24. Evaluating Web Sites Basic web page layout • The header • home page link • contact • author • sponsor C. Johnson

  25. Evaluating Web Sites Basic web page layout • The side bar • home page • contact C. Johnson

  26. Evaluating Web Sites Basic web page layout • The body • content • purpose • audience C. Johnson

  27. Evaluating Web Sites Basic web page layout • The foot • contact • author • date • link to home page C. Johnson

  28. Evaluating Web Sites Click on one of these links to find clues. C. Johnson

  29. Evaluating Web Sites Works Cited Schrock, Kathy. 2008. The 5 Ws of Web Site Evaluation. Web. 1 Apr. 2010. “Searching for Web Sites.” 2002. Using the Web. Houghton Mifflin. Web. 8 Mar. 2009. C. Johnson