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Evaluating Web Sites

Some Examples of sites that illustrate evaluation issues in the Library presentation "The Good the Bad and the Ugly"

Links to Sites/Pages Used to Discuss Authority and Accuracy

The Onion

Check the disclaimer: The Onion is not intended for readers under 18 years of age.

Dihydrogen Monoxide

Who are these people? How can you be loosely related to a federal agency? Check out their FAQ's.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust.

Institute for Historical Review

The IHR, founded in 1978, is an educational, public interest research and publishign center. It is non-partisan, non-ideological, and non-sectarian. Read the while About Us section.


The editorial Board is listed. Lots of awards for this one. It's easy to navigate and up-to-date.

Feline Reactions to Bearded Men

Be sure to check out the URL here, and follow the links to determine the validity of this research site.

Tobacco Control Archives

Asia Pacific Research Online

Always use your common sense and don't believe everything you read online!

Links to Sites/Pages Used to Discuss Objectivity

What are they selling?

These are both legitimate sites, but definitely are trying to convince you to agree with them, These would be pretty useful to students preparing a debate.

The National Right to Life Committee


National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

This one should certainly be objective...

Consumer Reports Online

Links to Sites/Pages Used to Discuss Currency and Coverage

USA Today

This page updates automatically - click reload frequently! And read the FAQ.

Bartletts' Familiar Quotations

Great, but the 9th edition, published in 1901!

Roget's Thesaurus

The 1911 version.


Like USA Today - a great site & easy to navigate.

Links to Sites/Pages Used to Discuss Some of the Additional Evaluation Challenges Presented by the Web

Marketing Oriented Pages

Chips Ahoy

Additional software is needed. There is a disclaimer which states: Hi Kids, when you see "Ad Break" it means you are viewing a commercial message designed to sell you something. Remember, if you are under 18 years old, you should get a parent's permission before you submit any information about yoruself or try to buy anything online.

Melatonin Central

You won't see much of the bad press on Melatonin here!

General Motors

Their purpose: to sell cars. The site map here is great for an overview of the site - contact information is clear here.

Pages Which are a Combination of Entertainment, Information and Advertising

The Official White House

There are several "whitehouse." sites--make sure you are at the ".gov".

The "Alternative" White House

Don't confuse this with the real thing! Look closely at the URL and compare the real one: The White House

Joe Boxer

This one is worth a few laughs but not much else!

Pages Which Present Possible Software Limitations

Federal Tax Forms

To use this site, you need to have Adobe Acrobat software loaded on your computer. It's free, but you must know how to download and install it.

PBS Kids

Some Examples of the Five Types of Web Pages

Advocacy Web Pages - These May Offend Some

The National Anti-Vivisection Society

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Business/Marketing Web Pages


Tide's Stain Removal Guide

This is a commercial website, but has lots of good information. Just be aware that they are trying to sell you Procter & Gamble Products.

Land's End Direct Merchants

General Motors

Informational Web Pages

HHS News

Environmental Protection Agency


Smithsonian Insitution

News Web Pages

Philadelphia Online

Both major newspapers are here.

Wall Street Journal

Free trial here, and then you pay! The information is good, just be aware that there's a "hook!"

Washington Post

Personal Home Pages - like all personal home pages, some are good and some are ... well ... unusual!

Children's Literature Web Guide

This is an excellent resource and an example of excellence in a home page. View "Document Info" to see update information.

Timothy Burke

Well he is an Assistant Professor .. and has a sense of humor.

Please note: These pages are used only as examples for illustrating a web page evaluation program called "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

Greenwich Library does not have responsibility for, nor does it endorse the content of, the material found on the linked pages. Users should be aware of the possibility of encountering potentially offensive material at some of these sites.

More Evaluation Material

Hope N. Tillman, Director of Libraries at Babson College, has written an excellent article called ??? which provides links to many good sites on the web.

Kathy Schrock's Guide

Provides excellent pages for younger students (K-12) to use when they are evaluating materials found on the "net. You will also find additional pointers to other evaluation sites.