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Evaluating Web Sites

Web Sites Myths
Library Materials
Checklist to Evaluate Web Sites
Practice Exercise
 
 
 
 

Web Sites Myths
  • “I found it on the Web so it must be true”
  • “All Web sites are of the highest quality”
  • “Everything (all knowledge, all information) is on the Web/Internet; all I have to do is Google it”

The need to evaluate Web Sites

  • Anyone can publish Web sites
  • No one screens or reviews Web sites
  • Buyer (or reader) beware environment
  • Criteria are necessary to assess Web sites

Why Evaluate Web Sites

TO SELECT INFORMATION THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS

Web Sites and “Buyer Beware”

  • The Web is an unfiltered environment
  • Web sites can be produced by anyone
  • A Web site can be:
    Misinformation
    Hoaxes
    Scams (get rich quick)
    Urban myths
    Biased
  • Many are not reviewed by fact checkers or editors