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1. EvaluatingWebsitesTori JensenLEAP High School 2. Consumer resourcesGovernment dataEntertainmentCurrent researchOnline communitiesNews and current eventsThe Web offers…
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  • 1. EvaluatingWebsitesTori JensenLEAP High School
  • 2. Consumer resourcesGovernment dataEntertainmentCurrent researchOnline communitiesNews and current eventsThe Web offers a wealth of information
  • 3. But how do we know what siteshave good information??
  • 4. Critically Analyze SourcesUse the Expert’s Tools.Look for:• Currency• Relevance• Authority• Accuracy• Purpose
  • 5. Currency Is the information time-sensitive? When was the site created? When was it last updated?(whois.net can help with this) How current are the links to the page?
  • 6. Which to Choose?UpdatedUnknownUpdates?This site created 5/23/97.This site created 12/19/98.Last updated 6/2/12.
  • 7. Relevance Does the information relate to your topic? Is the information at an appropriate level? How in depth is the material? Who is the intended audience?
  • 8. Authority Who is the author? Does the author have credentials? Does the author have a certainbias? Is there contact information for theauthor? Who is the publisher? (use whois.net)
  • 9. Which to Choose?Scientists and Researchers at NASAUnknownAuthor
  • 10. Clues to AuthorityThe URL -.com = commercial site.edu = educational site.gov = government site.net = network (private or commercial).org = organizationdLook author up in Google.Look for an “about us” link.Be carful of a site that has a tilde (~) in the URL.Do other sources refer to this author/publisher?
  • 11. Accuracy From what you already know, does theinformation seem accurate? Did the author follow basic rules ofgrammar, spelling, and composition? Are proper references given to originalsources? Can you find the same information inother sources? Did the source lead you to other sourcesof information that were useful?
  • 12. Purpose What is the purpose of theinformation?To teach? To sell? To entertain? Or persuade? Is the purpose clear? Does the author have a particularbias? Are biases clearly stated? Is the source designed to swayopinion?
  • 13. Which to Choose?Italy: History and SocietyBook a Tripto Italy!
  • 14. Can You Evaluate These Correctly?http://www.beverageinstitute.org/http://www.thedogisland.com/http://www.webmd.com/http://www.dhmo.org/http://www.mayoclinic.com/http://www.umich.edu/~engtt516/index2.html
  • 15. Thank You!
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