Why Website Evaluation? Billions of websites out there! Trash vs. treasure Hoax cites California's Velcro Crop Challenged Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie Hunting Season for Haggis Moon development Mankato, MN Uncyclopedia Male pregnancy Biohazard Alert Detector http://www.license.shorturl.com/
ABC’s of Website Evaluation A = Author Is there an author? Is the author qualified to write about the subject? Can the information be verified elsewhere? The Joe Bros. B = Bias Is information presented in a fair, objective manner? Is the page free of unnecessary advertising? John McCain John McCain 2 C= Content Is the information relevant, believable and useful for your purposes? Share
More ABC’s…well, D and E! D= Dates Does the webpage show the date when it was created? Last updated? Is it updated regularly? Is the information outdated? E= Editor Does the webpage name an editor or fact checker? Does the webpage have a reputable sponsor such as a university or government agency. Does the webpage include a bibliography?
More Clues… Look at the Internet Address Ending.com = commercial site (www.soccer.com)www.soccer.com.org = non profit organization (http://soccer.org)http://soccer.org.edu = educational site by an educational institution (www.harvard.eduwww.harvard.edu.net = network of organizations (www.veniceshopping.netwww.veniceshopping.net.mil = military organizations (www.navy.mil)www.navy.mil.ma.us = geographically based website (www.manchester.ma.us) vs. (www.manchesteronline.co.uk)www.manchester.ma.uswww.manchesteronline.co.uk. gov = government website (www.whitehouse.gov)www.whitehouse.gov Truncate the URL http://www.wic.org/bio/jgoodall.htm http://www.wic.org/bio/ http://www.wic.orghttp://www.wic.org Host site: Women’s International Center Webpage: Biography on Jane Goodall http://www.myspace.com/barackobama http://www.myspace.com
Where Should You Go? Your teacher tells you to create an anti-smoking ad campaign for an assignment on persuasive writing. Using the Web DetectiveWeb Detective WorksheetWorksheet you will each evaluate one of the following sites and determine if you would use it for this project: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation http://www.no-smoke.org/http://www.no-smoke.org/ R.J. Reynolds http://www.rjrt.com/home.asphttp://www.rjrt.com/home.asp American Lung Association (Tobacco Control section) http://www.lungusa.org/site/c.dvLUK9O0E/b.33484/http://www.lungusa.org/site/c.dvLUK9O0E/b.33484/ Tobacco Free Initiative (World Health Organization) http://tobacco.who.int/http://tobacco.who.int/ Tobacco Free Kids website http://tobaccofreekids.org/http://tobaccofreekids.org/ Big Drug's Nicotine War http://www.forces.org/evidence/pharma/index.htmhttp://www.forces.org/evidence/pharma/index.htm Coalition for a Tobacco Free Midlands http://www.tobaccofreemidlands.com/http://www.tobaccofreemidlands.com/ Children Opposed to Smoking Tobacco http://www.costkids.org/http://www.costkids.org/ MIT Anti Smoking Project http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/archtrucker/264282http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/archtrucker/264282
Just Say NO... No internet without adult supervision.
For Learning… Reliable, accurate information is essential to solid research… and good grades!
And For Life… Reliable information is essential to quality of life Did the Twilight author (Stephenie Meyer) really have her next book stolen and posted on the internet?
Sources Springfield Township Virtual Library. Retrieved November 25, 2008. http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/evalwebstu.htmlhttp://www.sdst.org/shs/library/evalwebstu.html CMIS (Curriculum Materials Information Services). Retrieved November 25 from the Department of Education and training, Western Australia. http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/cmis/eval/curriculum/ict/w ebeval/eval12.htm Pam Berger’s Web Evaluation Guide. Retrieved November 28, 2008 from theUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.learnnc.org/lp/external/webeval http://www.learnnc.org/lp/external/webeval Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators. Retrieved November 28, 2008. http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/eval.html