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Evaluating Web Sites

Web pages used in PPT presentation:

  1. The Onion
    http://www.theonion.com/content/index
     

  2. Recommended Subject Directories - UC Berkeley
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/SubjDirectories.html
     

  3. Places to Start - UC Berkeley
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Help/search.html

     

  4. Things to know before you start searching - UC Berkeley
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/ThingsToKnow.html
     

  5. GenoChoice
    http://www.genochoice.com/

     

  6. Common Dreams.org
    http://www.commondreams.org/
     

  7. Townhall.com
    http://www.townhall.com/
     
  8. About.com - Asthma
    http://asthma.about.com/library/weekly/aa120699a.htm?once=true&

     


Choose two of the four web evaluation sites listed, then consider the questions below:

  1.  From librarians at Johns Hopkins University
    http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/index.html
     

  2.  Powerpoint from librarians at Drexel University
    http://www.library.drexel.edu/resources/tutorials/webeval/intro.html
     

  3.  From librarians at UC Berkeley
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html  
     

  4. From librarians at Widener University Wolfgram Memorial Library
    http://www3.widener.edu/Academics/Libraries/Wolfgram_Memorial_Library/Evaluate_Web_Pages/659/

Now that you've spent some time on this topic, use the questions below to compare the two tutorials:

  1. Did each tutorial suggest criteria by which you can judge the authenticity of information presented in Web pages and  Web sites?

  2. Were there adequate examples illustrating the criteria to be used?  

  3. Which tutorial was more effective in its presentation of this topic?

  4. Name one new insight or strategy that you learned from your examination of Web Evaluation tutorials.

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