Complete Practice Exercise
Computers don’t make mistakes; therefore
everything that appears on the screen is true.
INFORMATION THAT IS ON A COMPUTER IS ONLY AS
TRUTHFUL AS THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPLY THE COMPUTER
WITH THE INFORMATION.
Examine the content and identify the orientation
(type) of Web site:
• Personal Page
Are the goals of the Web site (author) clearly
Is the Web site biased or objective?
Is the topic covered in depth or briefly? Are
quality links to other useful sites included?
Is the author’s name or the organization’s name
listed? If an author is listed, does the author
list his/her professional affiliation,
credentials, or degrees? If an organization is
listed is it well-known and reputable.
Does the Web site cite (list) where the
information was obtained?
Is the information correct, or is the
information verified by an editor(s) or a fact
checker (most Web sites are not)? Therefore you
should verify the facts with other sources such
as authoritative books, periodicals or with an
instructor or librarian.
Are the creation date and revision dates listed?
Web Site Evaluation Hands-On
Choose number 1, 2, or 3 to compare and
evaluate. Use the checklist from UC Berkeley:
and document your findings.
2. Martin Luther King Jr.
4. Driver License Information
5. Hummer SUV
Turn in your checklist at the end of class.