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Subject: What is the text about? (topic) Out of what exigency (opportunity) did the text grow? What is the context (time, place, social attitudes, historical events) that create the opportunity for the text?
For whom is the text intended? (gender, age, race, political leanings, spending habits, hobbies, etc. ) Click the picture below of Martin Luther King Jr. and determine for whom this website is intended.
What does the writer hope to accomplish? (express & reflect, inform & explain, evaluate & judge, inquire & explore, analyze & interpret, take a stand/propose a solution/argument)
Who is the author? What are the writers credentials? What is the writers expertise (ethos)? Is there any way to reach the author? Is there an organizational or corporate sponsor? Does the author’s identity suggest bias? Is this page authentic or is it a hoax? Is there a reference list? Is this website REAL or FAKE?
Crop Circle Connection Crop Circle Connection Is the content appropriate for your classroom or your assignment? Is the content accurate, complete, well-written? Is the content relevant to your topic or question?
CNN CNN Is the information on the page up-to-date? Can you tell when the page was last updated? Are there dead links? Is there a difference between the date the information was created and the date the page was last updated?
New Beginning for Life New Beginning for Life Is the information clearly presented? Is the text neat, legible and formatted for easy reading? If there are graphics, do they add to the content or distract? If there are advertisements, do they interfere with your ability to use the page? Are the pages well organized? Are there mistakes in spelling or word usage?
Yahoo! Yahoo! Can you get in? Does the site load quickly? Can you move around the site easily? Is the site or page still there next time?
Websites vs. Databases What’s the difference? Databases are usually collections of articles from a variety of sources that have been written and peer reviewed by scholars. Databases are not accessible to the general public without a paid subscription usually through a library or school. Websites are free and open to the public. Anyone can create a webpage about any subject, whether or not they are an expert. Wikipedia ◦ Wikipedia is an open access encyclopedia that anyone can contribute to and edit. It’s best to use Wikipedia to gather key words and people at the beginning of your research.