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Evaluating Web
Resources

A presentation by

Michele K. Haralson

Samford University

Why is it important?

Guidelines for Evaluating Web
Resources



Authority


Accuracy


Objectivity


Currency


Coverage


Design


Authority


Is there an author or sponsoring organization?


Is the page signed?


What are their qualifications? Are they well
-
known and
reputable?


Is there a link to information about the author or sponsor?


Is there a way of verifying the legitimacy of the page's
sponsor? That is, is there a phone number or address to
contact for more information?


What is the website’s extension?


.com


.edu


.org


.gov


.html (look for personal name, ~ or %)





Examples of “Authority”

Good


http://www.ci.mankato.mn.us/



Not So Good


http://descy.50megs.com/mankato/mankato.ht
ml



Student Activity

http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/help/
whodunnit/index.htm


Accuracy


Is the information reliable and error
-
free,
including grammatical, spelling, and
typographical errors?


Is there an editor or someone who verifies
the information?


Is there a bibliography or other resource
links clearly listed so the information can
be verified in another source?


Does the information contradict
information already gathered?




Examples of “Accuracy”



Good


http://www.genderandaids.org/



Not So Good


http://147.129.226.1/library/research/AIDSFA
CTS.htm






Objectivity


Purpose


What is the purpose/objective of the website?


Public service


Educational


Sway opinion


Advertising


Is the information free of advertising?


If there is any advertising on the page, is it clearly
differentiated from the informational content?


Bias


Is the point of view balanced?


Is the information based on fact? Opinion? Prejudice?


Are both sides of an issue presented?


Examples of “Objectivity”



Good


http://www.hgfound.org/disordersframe.html



Not So Good


Bias
http://www.martinlutherking.org/


Advertising
http://www.angelfire.com/tv/infomercial/huma
n_growth_hormone_16.htm




Currency


Is the page dated?


If so, when was the last update?


Have the links been kept current?



Examples of “Currency”



Good


http://www.albmolecular.com/discovery/cadd.
html



Bad


http://www.cmpharm.ucsf.edu/~paulb/researc
h.html


Coverage


Relevant


Is the content relevant to my topic?


Is the information useful?


Comprehensive


Does the source tell the whole story, or is it too specific
about one part?


Complete


Is there an indication that the page has been
completed, and is not still under construction?


Compare


How does the website compare in content to similar
websites?


What does this page offer that is not found elsewhere?




Examples of “Coverage”



Good and Not So Good?



http://www.skysports.com/skysports/home



http://www.sportsrumble.com/



Design


Navigation


Are the links clearly labeled?


Can you move from page to page easily?


Can you find information easily?


Interactivity


Does the user engage with the site?


How long does it take to load?


Appearance


Is the site aesthetically appealing?


Is there good use of graphics and color?


Can the page be read without excessive scrolling?


Examples of “Design”


Good


www.samford.edu



Not So Good


http://www.naturalsolutions1.com


Additional Challenges Presented by Web
Resources


Use of hypertext links


Search engines can retrieve information
out of context


Marketing
-
oriented web pages


Blending of entertainment, information,
and advertising


Software requirements may limit access


Instability of web pages


Susceptibility of web pages to alteration

Challenge: Use of Hypertext Links


What you can teach students:


Evaluate each web page independently

Challenge: Search Engines Can Retrieve
Web Pages Out of Context




What you can teach
students:


Always try to return to
the “home page” to
determine the source of
the information

Challenge: Marketing
-
Oriented Web
Pages



What you can teach students:


Try to determine if the advertising and
information both come from the same person /
organization.



Challenge: Blending of Advertising,
Information, and Entertainment




What you can teach
students:


Caveat emptor

Challenge: Instability of Web Pages




What you can teach
students:


Document source to the
fullest extent possible

Challenge: Web Pages Susceptible to
Alteration



What you can teach
students:


Attempt to verify
information using other
sources

Conclusion


Web evaluation techniques are only
beginning to be developed


Technology is outpacing ability to create
standards and guidelines


Establishing evaluation procedures will be
an ongoing evolutionary process

Other Resources



Links to Evaluating Websites


http://mciu.org/~spjvweb/evaluating.html



A Webquest About Evaluating Websites


http://mciu.org/~spjvweb/evalwebteach.html



Online Quiz


http://www.quick.org.uk/quiz.htm