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"Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly."
Why should you evaluate webpages?
Anyone with a computer can put up a webpage. You do not know who they are, or if they are qualified to talk about the subject you are researching. Before you use a website, look to see who is sponsoring the page. If you can't figure out who has produced it, don't use it.
Website Evaluation Video
Use this form to evaluate 5 websites. Look for at least one detail that gives the site credibility and one detail that discredits the source.
Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide
Bureau of Sasquatch Affairs
Do Cats always land on their feet?
The Jackelope Conspiracy
Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency
The First Page of the Internet
The Ova Prima Foundation
California's Velcro Crop Under Challenge
This Page Intentionally Left Blank
Republic of Cascadia
Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Scary Sites (By "scary" I mean really misleading if used for a report):
All about Explorers
Institute for Historical Review
Jacopo di Poggibonsi
Summary of The
CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation
Use this form to evaluate the websites for your research assignment
trustworthy source, author’s credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support. Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.
up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.
fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.
listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).
More on Website Evaluation:
Evaluating Web Pages
Museum of Hoaxes
Online Safetey Tips
Media Awareness Network
Test your Website judgement with this interactive tutorial.
Bottom Line: Is the web page as good (or better than) what you could find in journal articles or other published literature that is not on the free, general web?
Fact Checking Sites
is that e-mail a hoax?
Truth or Fiction.com
Urban Legends About.com
Online form for Evaluating Websites:
21st Century Information Fluency
Kathy Schrock's Guide
McDougal Littel Class Zone
help on how to format text
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