Presentation on theme: "21 st Century Learners. Who What When Where Why EQ: How can I choose good websites for my research? Kathy Schrock’s Five W’s of Web Site Evaluation, 2011."— Presentation transcript:
Who What When Where Why EQ: How can I choose good websites for my research? Kathy Schrock’s Five W’s of Web Site Evaluation, 2011 Using the 5 W’s
Who? Who is the author? Are they an expert about the topic? Is there information listed about the author’s background/expertise? Where can you find out additional information about the author?
What? What is the purpose of the web site? What information is available? -Is the information the same or different from other resources? - Is the information biased?
When? When was the site created? (check the very bottom of the web page) When was the site updated last?
Where? Where did the author get his/her information? Does the author cite reliable sources? Where can you find more information about who sponsors the site? Where do the links present on the site take you? Are they reliable? Working?
Why? Why should I use this web page? Why is this information useful? Why is this resource better than another?
A Uniform Resource Locator is the address of a web page. It starts with http:// and then has a domain name. In the URLs are clues to what kind of site it is:.com.org.edu.gov.net From Get Ready for a Winning Science Project by Sandra Buczynski Reading URLs
.com commercial sites primary purpose is to sell something unrestricted – anyone can create one information from.coms should be checked for accuracy by finding the information in another source
.org claims to be created by an organization may be a non-profit or for-profit group unrestricted – anyone can create one information from most.orgs should be checked for accuracy by finding the information in another source
.edu .edu stands for educational reserved for educational institutions such as universities usually good resources for factual information
.gov governments web sites sponsored by government agencies Good sources for reliable information
.net .net stands for network not specific to one user unrestricted – anyone can create them information obtained should be double- checked
Evaluate these sites the same way you would evaluate other kinds of web sites. Blogs and Wikis
Blogs online journals often contain the opinions of the author
Wikis think of them as a chalkboard/whiteboard different people can change or modify information some may let only certain users change information
Which website is best? Adapted from Get Ready for a Winning Science Project, by Sandra Buczynski If you were completing a research project on hissing cockroaches, which web site would be the best source? http://www.naturepavilion.com/unmirevupbuh. html http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals /bugs/madagascar-hissing-cockroach/ http://www.angelfire.com/in/ghcfaq/
Is this a reliable web site? http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonra nk.html http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonra nk.html http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ http://www.google.com/jobs/lunar_job.html http://www.google.com/jobs/lunar_job.html
Works Cited Buczynski, Sandra. Super Smart Information Strategies. ; Get Ready for a Winning Science Project. Cherry Lake, 2011. Schrock, Kathy. "The Five W's of Web Site Evaluation." Http://www.kathyschrock.net/. 2001. Web. 5 Dec. 2011.