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Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools

Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools
Printer-friendly version Context ] ~ [ Evaluation Criteria ] ~ [ Online Selection ] ~ [ Webliography ] Context: The Primary Factor The User Context: The most important factor when evaluating Web sites is your search, your needs. What are you using the Web for? Entertainment? The Web Context: Some of the visual distinctions that signal the nature of content in print sources hold true on the Web as well, although, because the Web encourages wider use of graphics, Web versions of printed works usually contain more graphics and more color than their print counterparts. Compare the Web versions of Child Abuse and Neglect, Mississippi Review, The New York Times, U. Evaluation Criteria --- Same as printed books and journals? AuthorDate of PublicationEdition or RevisionPublisherTitle of JournalIntended AudienceObjective ReasoningCoverageWriting StyleEvaluative Reviews What can the URL tell you? --- Evaluating Information Found on the Internet from Johns Hopkins University (Elizabeth E. Webliography

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Evaluating Internet Resources Unlike similar information found in newspapers or television broadcasts, information available on the Internet is not regulated for quality or accuracy; therefore, it is particularly important for the individual Internet user to evaluate the resource or information. Keep in mind that almost anyone can publish anything they wish on the Web. It is often difficult to determine authorship of Web sources, and even if the author is listed, he or she may not always represent him or herself honestly, or he or she may represent opinions as fact. The responsibility is on the user to evaluate resources effectively. Remember to evaluate Wikipedia articles too; Evaluating Wikipedia gives some tips. Ask yourself these questions before using resources from the World Wide Web:

Archived: Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n Change inStudent andTeacherRoles When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast. The student is actively making choices about how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information. Welcome to the Web Thank you for visiting 'Welcome to the Web'. By working your way through this web site and taking part in the exciting challenges and activities, you will learn all about the Internet. Good luck! Choose a section to begin.

Database - What Is A Library Database? - Enoch Pratt Free Library What is a library database? Library databases contain information from published works.Examples: Magazine and newspaper articles,encyclopedias and other reference books.Library databases are searchable.By Keywords, Subject, Author, Magazine Title, Date, etc.Library databases provide citation information.Author, if availableTitle of ArticlePublication (Title of Magazine, Newspaper, or Reference Book)PublisherDate of PublicationLibrary databases often contain full-text articles.You can print or email an entire article.There are different kinds of library databasesFor specific topics. Examples: Biography Resource Center , New Book of Popular ScienceFor general topics Examples: ProQuest, World Book OnlineLibrary databases are paid for by taxpayer dollars. How is a library database different from a website?

Evaluating internet information Information comes to us from a wide variety of sources. Can you tell good information from bad? MajesticSEO's Fresh Index estimates that there are almost 700 billion web pages out there and that search engines cover less than 1/4 of that! (what percent of this do you think will be QUALITY, USEFUL information?) Using Technology In The Classroom Technology has always been a major focus on EducationWorld.com. This archive compiles many of the features we have done on the subject of using technology in the classroom. Many of these articles have been updated many times or even rewritten as technology changes.

Operators and more search help - Web Search Help You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise. Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator. Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide Summary: MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page. Contributors:Tony Russell, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli, Russell Keck, Joshua M. Paiz, Michelle Campbell, Rodrigo Rodríguez-Fuentes, Daniel P. Kenzie, Purdue OWL StaffLast Edited: 2014-10-10 09:09:47

Evaluating Web Sources § Harvard Guide to Using Sources Although you should generally begin your electronic research by using e-resources available through the Harvard Library, there may be times when you will want to use popular Web search engines like Google. The fact that a document appears on the Web doesn't make it accurate or objective, and therefore these search engines should be held to the same rigorous standards used by Harvard's librarians when they vet sources. Because Web sources can be created by anyone and therefore are riskier in terms of their credibility and authority, they should always be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Checklist for Evaluating Web Resources Is the Web a good research tool? This question is dependent on the researcher's objective. As in traditional print resources one must use a method of critical analysis to determine its value. Here is a checklist for evaluating web resources to help in that determination. Authority: Is the information reliable?

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