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Evaluating Web Resources

Evaluating Web Resources is a resource site that explains, in great detail, how to evaluate a website for high quality information. This site provides a checklist to help students determine whether or not their Internet research has produced useful, reliable results. What I particularly like about this site is that it differentiates among the different types of webpages (.com, .edu., .org) and provides a step-by-step outline for each type of website, taking into consideration the different goals of each. Each type of website is evaluated for the same five categories (authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage), but the evaluation differs, somewhat, depending on the type page it is. Students are guided through a series of questions that help them determine whether or not a... Show More
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Rebecca Neel
Rebecca Neel (Librarian)
17 weeks ago
This tutorial touches on many universally applicable components of evaluating information source reliability, especially on the web. However, my concern is that the website visuals in the first tutorial video might not resonate very strongly with today's high school and undergraduate students, as they are used to (i.e. have grown up in) a more aesthetically advanced world of websites. Additionally, the checklists for evaluating each type of site are useful in terms of getting students thinking about questions of accuracy, authority, etc. But they don't provide students with a very exact or objective method of assessing credibility. Nevertheless, as Ingrid pointed out, this resource would be a good point of departure for perhaps engaging students in discussion regarding site evaluation.
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ingrid mosquera
ingrid mosquera (Faculty)
11 years ago
This resource is quite useful and has a lot of interesting material in it. The assesment and evaluation of web pages and internet resources is very important and not very useful to develop. this site can serve us as a point of departure, giving us many ideas about how to do it.