Purpose: sell? inform? persuade? Things to look at: About this site About us Site index Site map ProjectVoteSmartProjectVoteSmart example
Determine the Purpose of these Web Sites (fill in your worksheet) Bookspot and Princeton Review Princeton Review at
Author: person or organization responsible for content Things to ask: Is organization reputable? Does author have appropriate education, training, and/or experience?
Author: person or organization responsible for content Things to look at: C – copyright symbol ~ - in url for name Site documents, linked biographies, resumes Ex: Handbook of Texas OnlineHandbook of Texas Online Ex: Focus on the Death PenaltyFocus on the Death Penalty
Determine the Author of these Web Sites (fill in your worksheet) Eye on DNA Eye on DNA and Victorian Web Victorian Web at
Content: what type of information is it? Bias: an unfair preference for; prejudice toward; favoritism; Coverage: how well it covers the topic & do other sites cover other aspects of this topic? Currency: When was the material written? Has information been added recently? Are links functional or broken? Recognition: Do others recognize the value of its contents?
Content: Bias For controversial topics: Balanced (both points of view)? or Biased (one-sided) Are the claims: Supported? w/documentation/evidence or Unproven? No evidence/documentation
Content: Bias Look for: References to alternative points of view. Strongly worded assertions, which should be supported by evidence and documentation. Ex: Natl Pork Producers Council Ex: Public Agenda for CitizensNatl Pork Producers Council Public Agenda for Citizens
Determine whether these websites are: Biased? or Balanced? Supported? or Unproven? (fill in your worksheet) Angel on Death Row Angel on Death Row and Death Penalty Focus Death Penalty Focus at
Content Coverage: how well it covers your topic & do other sites cover this topic Look for: Other sites on the same topic that you can quickly browse and compare to your This is also a good way to evaluate controversial claims.
Content Coverage: how well it covers your topic & do other sites cover this topic How to Locate Similar Sites: You can locate similar sites easily using GoogleGoogle In the search box, type: related:[URL of known site] Example: related:www.deathpenalty.orgwww.deathpenalty.org (fill in your worksheetrelated sites?)
Content Currency: When was the material written? Has information been added recently? Are links functional or broken? Things to look for: Page creation or revision dates. "What's New" page that describes when content was updated. Press releases or other dated materials. IPL.org IPL.org ( fill in your worksheet)
Content Recognition: Do others recognize the value of its contents Things to look for: Links from other sites- Google –Google link:[URL of site] Use - link:www.deathpenalty.org Tags for this site – del.icio.uslook how many bookmarksdel.icio.us (fill in worksheet for these two)
Content Recognition: Do others recognize the value of its contents Things to look for: Readers comments – Technorati Technorati bloggers name or name of blog- # of blogs linking to website Citations of articles by other researchers: example using Google.type in title of articleexample using Google …Google Scholar – look for..Cited by…Google Scholar (fill in worksheet)
Content Recognition: Do others recognize the value of its contents Things to look for: How many sites are linked to these sites? Using Google Advanced Search see how many sites are linked to these sites? ipl2ipl2 – Go Ask Alice Go Ask Alice – (fill out worksheet) (fill in worksheet )
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