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1 Web Site Evaluation Your Guide to QUALITY Sources!

2 Determining Criteria – PAC - bccr Purpose – why? Author - who? Content: - what? –Bias –Coverage –Currency –Recognition

3 Purpose: sell? inform? persuade? Things to look at: About this site About us Site index Site map ProjectVoteSmartProjectVoteSmart example

4 Determine the Purpose of these Web Sites (fill in your worksheet) Bookspot and Princeton Review Princeton Review at

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6 Author: person or organization responsible for content Things to ask: Is organization reputable? Does author have appropriate education, training, and/or experience?

7 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

8 Determine the Author of these Web Sites (fill in your worksheet) Eye on DNA Eye on DNA and Victorian Web Victorian Web at

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10 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?

11 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

12 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

13 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

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15 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.

16 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?)

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18 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)

19 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)

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21 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)

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23 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 )

24 May the PAC be with you!

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