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Have you seen the cartoon showing a dog sitting at a computer monitor? The message: anyone can post anything they want on the Web! This is a weaknesses and a strength. It is a strength because the Internet allows everyone to have a voice and it supports the democratic principle of free speech. At the same time, this is a weakness because it means people without qualifications, without knowledge can post information on the Internet. The burden for website evaluation rests with the user.
Authority-always take time to exam who is behind the website. Questions to ask include:
Objectivity-determine if the website is free from bias. Consider the following:
Quality-examine the website information and its sources. Look for the following:
Currency-quality sites are regularly reviewed and updated if necessary. Be sure a site includes the following:
Domain Name-a site domain provides a clue about the validity of the site. Check for the domain:
Explore these websites for more information on evaluating websites:
Evaluating Web Pages
Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface
North Carolina State University Library
ICYouSee: T is for Thinking
Watch these videos for a lesson in web evaluation!