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Evaluate 1. Assessment of value ٠ the act of considering or examining something in order to judge its value, quality, importance, extent, or condition.

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1 evaluate 1. Assessment of value ٠ the act of considering or examining something in order to judge its value, quality, importance, extent, or condition

2 Why Evaluate? Experts say that every 3 seconds a new website is put online. Anyone can publish anything online. Google (Love it; Hate it). Your grade depends on it!

3 How to Evaluate All websites are not created equal. Students should have a standard criteria for evaluating online resources.

4 CARRDSS C REDIBILITY / AUTHORITY A CCURACY R ELIABILITY R ELEVANCE D ATE S OURCES BEHIND THE TEXT S COPE AND PURPOSE

5 C REDIBILITY / AUTHORITY : Who is the author? What are his or her credentials? Education? Experience? Affiliation? Does the author’s experience really qualify him or her as an expert? Who actually published this page? Example

6 Look for credibility clues! Words and phrases to look for: ▫ About us, Who Am I, FAQs, For More, Company Information, Profiles, Our Staff, Home

7 A CCURACY: Can facts, statistics, or other information be verified through other sources? Based on your knowledge, does the information seem accurate? Is the information inconsistent with information you learned from other sources? Do there appear to be errors on the page (spelling, grammar, facts)? Example

8 R ELIABILITY: Does the source present a particular view or bias? Is the page affiliated with an organization that has a particular political or social agenda? Is the page selling a product? Information is seldom neutral. Sometimes a bias is useful for persuasive essays or debates. Understanding bias is important. Example Example 2 Example 3

9 R ELEVANCE : Does this information directly help to answer my question? Can I ignore it because it simply doesn’t help me?

10 D ATE: When was this information created? When was it revised? Has the author of the page stopped maintaining it? (Be suspicious of undated material.) Example

11 S OURCES BEHIND THE TEXT: Did the author bother to document his or her sources? Use reliable, credible sources? Were those references popular, scholarly, reputable? Are those sources real? Have you or your librarian heard of them? Do the links work? Example

12 S COPE / PURPOSE: Does this source address my hypothesis/thesis/question in a comprehensive way? Is it a scholarly or popular treatment? Is it material I can read and understand? ▫ Is it too simple? Is it too challenging? Who is the intended audience? Why was this page created? To inform or explain? To persuade? To sell? Example

13 URLs as clues to content.com=commercial sites (vary in their credibility).gov=U.S. government site.org=organization, often non- profit. Some have strong bias and agendas.edu=school or university site (is it K-12? By a student? By a scholar?) Example.mil=U.S. military site.net=networked service provider, Internet administrative site.museum=museum.name=individual Internet user.biz=a business.pro=professional’s site ~=personal site

14 So, why should we care about all of this?

15 There are bigger questions in life! You will be using information to make important decisions! ▫ Which car should I buy? ▫ Which doctor should I choose? ▫ Should my child have this surgery? ▫ Should I take this medication? You want to be able to ensure the information you choose is reliable, credible, current, balanced, relevant, and accurate!

16 Just as you evaluate your sources... Your teacher will evaluate your work based on the quality of the sources you select. Evaluate carefully. Don’t settle for good enough! Quality always counts!

17 Hoax Sites…For fun: g/C49/http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblo g/C49/

18 Remember, the free Web is not your only choice? Did you use print sources? Did you search subscription databases? Did you check with your teacher-librarian for advice?

19 Print Resources: Will be available! Don’t be afraid! Advantages of using print resources: ▫Organized. ▫Usually a small focus or theme. ▫Reviewed for quality and accuracy of information. ▫Portable! ▫Look for the book/print resource cart in the computer lab!

20 Good Resources to Start With… Academic Databases ▫InfOHIOInfOHIO ▫NCEMC

21 If you have to….. For you Google addicts: ▫Use specific and alternate search terms. ▫Use “I” to narrow search to only include search term in results. ▫Beware of paid results. ▫Don’t always go for the first result! ▫Use your new evaluation skills! CARRDSS!


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