Assignment: Web Evaluation Activity


Name: (CDunn4)


How do you determine if a webpage is accurate, relevant, appropriate, comprehensive, and unbiased?
A. Brainstorm a list of criteria which you believe should be evaluated to determine the usefulness of a webpage for research. (Type your responses in the textboxes below.)

What makes a Web Page useful for research?
1. Can be found easily (from search engines)
2. User Friendly
3. Dependable sources
4. Current information
5. Reviewed for Errors


B. Review the following websites and answer questions about each:

1. http://www.martinlutherking.org/

There’s something not quite right about this website. List any reasons you can see why this website is not appropriate for students to use in school research. (Hint: who is sponsoring this website?)


It doesn’t seem to me to be accurate and historically correct information. Also, the language seems inappropriate and unsuitable for students. The sponsorship ads at the bottom of the web page were also inappropriate content for a school computer with support from a “White Pride World Wide” disturbing racial site.


2. http://www.dhmo.org/

I (your instructor) am an ardent supporter of the cause to ban DHMO. Based on the information you find on this webpage, will you join me in supporting this cause? Why or why not? (If you dig deeply enough, you will discover why not.)


It seems like this website is supporting the use of this harmful chemical, DHMO. And with that being the case, no, I do not support this webpage and its research and reports. Dihydrogen Monoxide sounds like a horrible chemical compound that should not be used in any research that might affect any living organism.


C. Below you will find six important website evaluation criteria. These criteria are explained with examples at the Good, Bad, and the Ugly website (brought to us by the New Mexico State University Library). Read through this website, then answer the questions that follow about each website.


1. Authority
Do you consider the author of Clonaid to be an expert of the subject covered? Why or why not?
I found this webpage to be hilarious. I think that the author of this page would like to think that they are an expert of the subject matter, but that is not so much true. The author, whomever it is, puts all the sales pitch information all over the page but does not vouch for the authenticity of the information; nor is there a line about the author. Usually an author is proud to put their name on something they wrote but nothing of the sort on this page—quite peculiar.


2. Accuracy
What information in The True…Facts about Women with AIDS leads you to believe or disbelieve its accuracy?
It has a doctor’s name and labeled seal of authenticity from the Department of Public Health and Public Interest Enrichment. This leads me to believe that this information is from medical professionals and must be accurate.


3. Objectivity
Can you determine the real purpose of The Truth? What is it and how did you determine the purpose?
It is a little confusing trying to find the purpose of this website. The purpose of the video on this webpage is to show the viewer how simple it is to turn down cigarettes and tobacco, and making good decisions.


4. Currency
Is it easy to determine the currency of The Onion? What did you do to determine the currency of the site?
Yes, the date is at the top of every page, and there is a “posted date” in gray beside every article link on the home page. It is seems very accurate and currently updated.


5. Coverage
Do you consider the information on OncoLink to be relevant and comprehensive? Why or why not?
Yes, it is a site of cancer study, and it has different topics and articles concerning cancer patients.

D. Visit the following pages and briefly share your thoughts (a sentence or two) about how you might guide your future K-12 students in determining the reliability of the information found:

(1.) http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.html
(2.) http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
(3.) http://www.weathergraphics.com/tim/fisher/

(1.) I would have students look to see if the graphs and charts are manipulated or tweaked data. Also, have them notice the currency—date posted at the end of the page.
(2.) There is not a qualified author or species expert listed anywhere on the page…it is totally phony.
(3.)
There are no sponsors, authors posted, currency posted. It is lacking all the above.


E. Write a paragraph explaining why it is important to evaluate the information found on a Web page, include the ways to find out more about the author, the sponsoring agency, or the information itself. Paste this information on your Web Eval wiki page.

It is very important to carefully evaluate any information found on a web page, especially if this information is going to be retold. Information on the web page should be accurate, reviewed for errors, and appropriate to the subject matter at hand. The information found on a website must be accurate if you plan to use it for any research. The currency of the posted information is also very important. It may have been accurately reviewed, and appropriate to the topic, but if it is old and out-dated information it very well may be false information. Web pages should be used as a tool and a resource, but you should not always depend on their originality or authenticity. Be careful when browsing for artifacts and materials. Below are a few resources guarenteed to be dependable and helpful.