The broad focus of these lessons is understanding sources of information, including examples that can help you learn how to access information sources at USD. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific element of information competency.
Last Updated: May 15, 2017
Why is it important for you to know how to evaluate Web resources?
Overview of Online Materials: The Internet
What is the Web?
Overview of Internet Use
Overview of Online Materials: The Resources
How Selective is the Web?
Search Engines, Meta-Search Engines, and Subject-Based Search Engines
Things to Remember About Search Engines, Meta-Search Engines, and Subject Directories
Problems with Websites, Example 1
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Problems with Web Sites, Example 2
Websites: Example 2
Websites: Example 2 Continued
How to Approach Web Resources
Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages
>> Criteria for Evaluation: Author or Webmaster
Criteria for Evaluation: The Author’s Point of View
Criteria for Evaluation: The Publisher
Criteria for Evaluation: Purpose
Criteria for Evaluation: Accuracy, Completeness, and Objectivity/Bias
Criteria for Evaluation: Accuracy
Criteria for Evaluation: Relevance
Criteria for Evaluation: Coverage
Criteria for Evaluation: Currency
Criteria for Evaluation: Visual Literacy
Criteria for Evaluation: Visual Literacy Continued
Consider the Web Design
Rules of Thumb when using Web Resources
Web Evaluation Lesson IL Exercise
- Who is the author of the web site? Is there a link to contact the author? If you can't determine who the author is, you can learn who registered the site at www.register.com.
- What do you already know about the author? Is s/he associated with an agenda? Is it mainstream?
- Does the author have the expertise (as demonstrated by academic credentials in the subject of the web site) to give reliable information on the subject?
- Does the author demonstrate knowledge of the subject and how that subject fits into its broader context?
- Who is the Webmaster? Does s/he have links to organizations with an agenda?
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