Evaluating Websites for Research

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28 Οκτ 2013 (πριν από 3 χρόνια και 9 μήνες)

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Evaluating Websites

for Research

Part 1 : Identifying the Author

I will be able
to
identify

the
author’s name on a
web
page.


Student Objective #1

In a world of information overload, it is vital for students

to
be able to find information on the Web, as well as to
determine its validity and appropriateness.


The
information you find may vary in reliability and quality:

it
can be very useful and reliable, very bad or directly
misleading. Keep in mind that everyone can publish
information on the Internet. This means it is your job

to
evaluate the quality and reliability of what you find,

and
whether it fits your needs.

Knowing how to effectively and
efficiently find accurate information is

a skill that will enable you to make
informed decisions.

Why is this skill necessary in life?

A good way to start
evaluating
websites is
to see if you can identify
the following:


• author’s name

• author’s title or position

• author’s contact information


scope of
the information need

timeliness

type of publication

primary or secondary sources

format

point of view

level of difficulty

purpose
of your product (inform, persuade,
entertain) related to the content and audience.

Other criteria for evaluating sources


Hold
a degree in this subject


Study
or do research on this
topic


Work
in a related field


Write
about this topic regularly


Have
first
-
hand knowledge


Have
participated in, or observed, events and
people

How do I evaluate the author?

The author's expertise and credentials should relate

to your subject. A credible contributor might:


http://www.bronxzoo.com
/


http
://
www.turtlebackzoo.org/tbzoo/index.jsp


http://www.brookview.karoo.net/Sellafield_Zoo
/

Who is the Author?

Ask yourself: Why would this
author or organization publish
this information?



Read the "About" page.

Can you find contact information?


Web trick to try:



Go to a
Whois

data search website:

www.
d
omaintools.com