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5.3 Evaluating Websites

All information sources need to be evaluated, but Websites offer additional challenges and need more scrutiny.

THE WEB IS AN EXCELLENT SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR:
AUTHORITY
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Examine: Credentials of the producer or sponsor delivering the information

CURRENCY
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Consider: Information currency at the time of publication

  • Check the frequency of updates
  • Look for dates, updates, revision dates
  • Avoid undated information sources

 

PURPOSE
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Consider or determine: Why was the site created?

  • To inform
  • To entertain
  • To advertise/sell a product
  • To promote a point of view or belief
  • To spoof or as a sham or hoax

 

ACCURACY/OBJECTIVITY
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Consider or determine: Is the information accurately and objectively presented?

  • Bias or undocumented opinions
  • Spelling or typographical errors and flaws or strengths in format and appearance
  • References or links that are useful or verify the information provided
 
Module 5
5.0 Objectives
5.1 Credibility
5.2 Usefulness
5.3 Evaluating Websites
5.4 Self-Quiz
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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