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
- Is the information presented objectively, or it is biased?
- What is the author's purpose in creating the site? Information? Persuasion? Of what? Sales? Of what?
- Does the author have an obvious agenda? What is it?
- Does the web site link to organizations with an obvious agenda?
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