First look at the web address or URL. http://www.facebook.com
Look at the ending of each web site or URL www.nytimes.com www.centcom.mil www.loc.gov www.phila.k12.pa.us www.redcross.int www.unc.edu www.metmuseum.org www.timesonline.co.uk www.scils.rutgers.edu/~rtodd
You’re doing a school project on the characteristics of Japanese painting. What do you look for in a web site?
What is the web site really about? Is it relevant to your topic? http://www.theartofjapan.com/ http://www.koho-schoolofsumi-e.com/ http://web-japan.org/museum/paint.html - http://www.theartofjapan.com/ http://www.koho-schoolofsumi-e.com/ http://web-japan.org/museum/paint.html -
Who put together the web site? Author? Author’s credentials (is it an expert in the field?) Author’s sources? Check the bottom or edges of the page or the home page for the author.
Who are the authors of these web pages? Skokie Case Skokie Controversy and Free speechSkokie Controversy and Free speech
Where is the website from? University Museum Government Agency Commercial Site
Where are these sites from? Do you think they are reputable? http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/chinese.asp http://web-japan.org/museum/menu.html
Now you know What, Who, Where… When was the website put together? Is it current? Do the links work?
When were these sites last updated? http://artcafe.net/ah/japan/ http://asianhistory.about.com/od/warsinasia/ p/SamuraiProfile.htmhttp://asianhistory.about.com/od/warsinasia/ p/SamuraiProfile.htm
Finally, Why did they put together the website? Are they trying to sell you something? Are they trying to convince you about something? Is it biased? Does it express an opinion?
Why were these websites put together? http://www.babybushtoys.com/ http://animalrightscoalition.com/
So, don’t forget on your next project, use the 5 W’s to evaluate your web sites!