Presentation on theme: "Annelise Kachelhoffer Critical Thinking On your way to become Information Literate."— Presentation transcript:
Annelise Kachelhoffer Critical Thinking On your way to become Information Literate
Annelise Kachelhoffer Evaluating websites Credibility Content Technical There are 3 elements we should consider...
Annelise Kachelhoffer Credibility Examine the URL - Uniform Resource Locator http://www.cce.ac.nz/teachered/secondary/graddip.html Identifies the Christchurch College of Education Identifies the protocol - http is a webpage Identifies the domain as an academic institution Identifies the country Identifies the filenames and the path of the files Identifies the file type
Annelise Kachelhoffer Credibility What the URL can tell you What is the domain? Government and military (.govt.gov.mil) Commercial (.co.com) Education (.ac.edu.k12.school) Network providers (.net) Organisations - non-profit (.org) International treaty organisations (.int) Country (.nz.au.us.uk.ca.jp.za ue.)
Annelise Kachelhoffer Credibility What the URL can tell you... Who published the page? www.zu.ac.ae/ http://www.uae.gov.ae/moia.htm http://www.uae.gov.ae/moia.htm http://www.etisalat.co.ae/index2.htm http://www.etisalat.co.ae/index2.htm www.globalnet.org.nz/ www.fno.org webtips.dantobias.com (Etisalat = company) (Globalnet = organization) (Individual) (From Now On) (Ministry of Islamic Affairs) (Zayed University)
Annelise Kachelhoffer Credibilaty When was the site updated? Is this important to the content? Is the information authentic? Can you check the authenticity elsewhere? Can you email the webmaster? Is the information well documented? Credible journals? Credible organisations?
Annelise Kachelhoffer Content Words spelled correctly? Materials organized? Information referenced? Quality of references? Do links add to the value of website?
Annelise Kachelhoffer Content Does the information add to the body of knowledge about the topic? Does the material provide information not readily available? Does the site contain original work or primary source material?
Annelise Kachelhoffer Technical Are screens uncluttered and easy to read? Are the color and background of the page acceptable Do graphics enhance the purpose of the site Are animations helpful or distracting? Is the text legible and the print size appropriate? Do links add to the value of website?
Annelise Kachelhoffer Technical Does the site load quickly Navigation: Easy to follow? Are all links active? Can you go quickly from page to page? Do links add to the value of website?