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
Check the disclaimer: The Onion is not intended for readers under 18 years of age.
Who are these people? How can you be loosely related to a federal agency? Check out their FAQ's.
A living memorial to the Holocaust.
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.
Be sure to check out the URL here, and follow the links to determine the
validity of this research site.
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.
National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League
This one should certainly be objective...
Links to Sites/Pages Used to Discuss Currency and Coverage
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frequently! And read the FAQ.
Great, but the 9th edition, published in 1901!
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
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.
You won't see much of the bad press on Melatonin here!
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
There are several "whitehouse." sites--make sure you are at the ".gov".
Don't confuse this with the real thing! Look closely at the URL and compare the real one: The White House
This one is worth a few laughs but not much else!
Pages Which Present Possible Software Limitations
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.
Some Examples of the Five Types of Web Pages
Advocacy Web Pages - These May Offend Some
Business/Marketing Web Pages
This is a commercial website, but has lots of good information. Just be aware
that they are trying to sell you Procter & Gamble Products.
Informational Web Pages
News Web Pages
Both major newspapers are here.
Free trial here, and then you pay! The information is good, just be aware that
there's a "hook!"
Personal Home Pages - like all personal home pages, some are good and some are ... well ... unusual!
This is an excellent resource and an example of excellence in a home page. View
"Document Info" to see update information.
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.
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.