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Learning Exercise: Evaluating Websites

Title:
Evaluating Websites
Material:
Description:
45 minutes bibliographic instruction assignment
Course: Bibliographic Instruction

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Submitted by:
steven tash
Date Last Modified:
February 06, 2003

Exercise

Saddleback College Library http://www.saddleback.edu/div/lr
Evaluating Websites
Steve Tash, Instructor stash@saddleback.edu Student
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Go to a classified list, such as Librarians' Index to the Internet
[http://lii.org] or a search engine, such as Google [http://www.google.com].
Select one website devoted to your research topic. Use the following questions
as a guide to evaluate the benefits or shortcomings of your selected site.



1. How did you locate your site?

Which search engine or subject directory did you use?
What search terms did you use? Did you use the advanced search feature of your
search engine to narrow your topic?


2. Cite the site
Fields required:
Author's name. Name of Website. Date site published or most recently updated.
Sponsoring institution. Date site accessed.
Example:
Landsburg, Steven E. "Who Shall Inherit the Earth?" Slate 1 May 1997. 1 Oct.
1999 .


3. Website Evaluation
? Who developed the site?
? What is the author's affiliation? credentials?
? Does the author have a bias? a sales pitch?
? What is the mission of the "parent" organization or institution?
? How often is it updated?
? What is the purpose of the website?
? Is the site trying to sell a product?
? Who is the intended audience?
? Who developed the site?
? What is the author's affiliation? credentials?
? Does the author have a bias? a sales pitch?
? What is the mission of the "parent" organization or institution ?
? How often is it updated?
? What is the purpose of the website?
? Is the site trying to sell a product?
? Who is the intended audience?

External website evaluation links:
? Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources
from UCLA College Library
? Web Site Evaluation Chart
from Purdue University

Categories

Audience

  • College General Ed

Learning Objectives

Website Evaluation

Type of Task

  • Supplemental activity