Evaluating Sources

  • 1.) The evaluation criteria you should use when you first look over a web site are:

    • Authority Who is the author of the site? What are his/her qualification? Who sponsors the site and why?
    • Accuracy Is the information reliable and error-free? How is accuracy maintained?
    • Objectivity Is the information biased? Is the author/sponsor trying to sway your opinion and why?
    • Currency When was the web site created and how is it updated? When was it last updated? How important is currency on this site?
    • Content What is contained on this web site? What topics are covered and are the topics covered in-depth?

    2.) Googling :

    Google is an O.K. place to start a search but remember to try to be as specific as possible when entering your search terms. Remember, there are 11.5 billion web pagesand you are trying to find just those ones that will help you with your research. Don't worry though, it's not as difficult as it sounds as long as you follow some simple rules.

    a.) enter phrases in quotation marks and use math marks to add or subtract ideas

    "body enhancement" instead of body enhancement

    "body enhancement" AND "surgery" instead of body enhancement surgery

    b.) use the Advanced Search option

    limit by Date, Domain (.com, .org., .gov, etc.)

    c.) browse the subjects, URLs, and annotations for sites of interest

    Example Page for evaluation

    http://www.akidsright.org/family_rights_act.htm

    Practice Web Pages

    Look at the following links and decide if they meet the five evaluation criteria from above.

    1. http://familyrights.us/page2.html

    2. http://www.hss.edu/conditions_14655.asp?refName=Rheumatoid+Arthritis&refUrl=conditions_9357.asp
    3. http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
    4. http://www.dhmo.org/