Website Evaluation

Can we trust everything on the internet?

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Website Evaluation Guidelines

Use the guidelines below to evaluate the website and determine whether it would be a useful site to recommend to others.  

Questions

1.  AUTHOR:

            a.  Who created or wrote the website? 

            b.  Is the author an expert on the topic?  How do you know? 

            c.  Is the contact information for the author given?  What is the  

                 contact information?

            d.  Is the author stating facts or opinions?  How do you know?

            e.  Does the author acknowledge other viewpoints and theories?

 2.  PURPOSE: 

            a.  What is the purpose of the website? 

            b.  What information is included on the website?  Write a summary of the information              

                 found on the website.

 3.  PUBLICATION: 

            a.  When was the website created or last updated?  Where did you find this information?

            b.  Is the information current? 

            c.  Are the links on the website up-to-date?

            d.  Is the website easy to use and navigate?  Explain your answer.

4.  SOURCES: 

            a.  Where does the information on the website come from?

            b.  Are sources of information cited?

            c.  Is there a bibliography (reference) page?

5.  OVERALL:  Based on your answers to the previous questions, would you recommend this site to other students in the class?  Why or why not?  Explain your answer in detail.



Website Evaluation Websites 


Website Evaluation Introduction: Critical Website Evaluation

Site 1 - Help Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus


Additional Critical Website Evaluation Site

Site 2 - Save the Guinea Worm Foundation







Website Evaluation Practice 

Grades 5 and 6

Topic 1: Ancient Egypt

   Group 1: Click Here 

   Group 2: Click Here

   Group 3: Click Here

All Groups: Click Here to Complete the Web Form

Topic 2: Abraham Lincoln

    Group 4: Click Here

    Group 5: Click Here 

    Group 6: Click Here

All Groups: Click Here to Complete the Web Form



Website Evaluation Practice

Grades 7 and 8

Topic 1: The Great Chicago Fire

    Group 1: Click Here 

    Group 2: Click Here

    Group 3: Click Here

All Groups: Click Here to Complete the Web Form

Topic 2: Apollo 11 Moon Landing

    Group 4: Click Here

    Group 5: Click Here

    Group 6: Click Here

All Groups: Click Here to Complete the Web Form



Website Evaluation - Visual Comparison

Site 1 - Aztec History

Site 2 - History of the Aztecs

Site 3 - The Aztec World


Website Evaluation Questions for Aztec Website Analysis 

Who created the website?

What is the purpose of the website?

Where did the author get his/her information?  Sources the author used.

When was the website created or updated?

Why would you use this website for a project?

Compare the three websites.



Wikipedia 

Entry 1

Entry 2

Entry 3

Entry 4

Entry 5


Español 

Artículo 1 - 2 ago 2012 

Artículo 2 - 2 ago 2012 

Artículo 3 - 6 ago 2012

Artículo 4 - 18 sep 2012

Artículo 5 -  Esta página fue modificada por última vez el 7 dic 2012


Wikipedia Analysis Questions

1.  As you click through the entries, what changes are made?

2.  Can you trust the information?  Why? 

3.  Who is making the changes to the entry?

4.  What sources are used?  Click on a source and check the information.


Wikipedia Infographic

Wikipedia: Redefining Research


When Wikipedia Editing Goes Wrong

Example - John Seigenthaler   Background

The John Seigenthaler Controversy 



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