South Central Regional
Professional Development Ctr.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
800 University Drive
Rolla, MO 65409
rpdc@mst.edu
Phone: (573) 341-6473
800-667-0665
Fax: (573) 341-6577

Critical Eye: Evaluating Internet Resources
Standard 2: The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.
  1. Determines accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness
  2. Distinguishes among fact, point of view, and opinion
  3. Identifies inaccurate and misleading information
  4. Selects information appropriate to the problem or question at hand

Questions to Ask and how to Answer them

What does the web page address mean?

         How to Read a Web Address http://www.anovember.com/Default.aspx?tabid=159&type=art&site=178&parentid=56

Who Published this page?

Who links to this site and what do they say about it. This is beyond the author's control.

AltaVista http://www.altavista.com/ with "links:www.yoursite.com"

What did this site look like in the past? Wayback Machine http://www.archive.org

Is it a Hoax or the Truth?

Urbanlegends.about.com http://urbanlegends.about.com/
How much did that click cost? Placement on search results do not indicate relevance.
Yahoo Marketing http://searchmarketing.yahoo.com/rc/srch/ (View Bids Tool on right side)

Handy Tools

Citing Sources http://citationmachine.net/

Evaluations

Digital Index Card http://www.landmark-project.com/evaluation/dic1.php
The Digital Index Card is a web-based tool for collecting and evaluating Internet and other information. It consists of two forms. The first asks for basic facts about the information being considered and for the reasons that the information helps the research answer their question or accomplish their goal. The second form collects more facts about the information so that it can generate a proper citations (APA & MLA).

 

Request Permission
Teacher http://www.landmark-project.com/permission1.php
Lesson Plans
3-5 - Research Building Blocks: Examining Electronic Sources http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=149
6-8 - Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=328
9-12 - Critically Surfing the Web http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20011025thursday.html?pagewanted=all

Sites to Evaluate (some are true others are false)

Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division http://www.dhmo.org/

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

Martin Luther King http://www.martinlutherking.org

California's Velcro Crop under Challenge (1993) http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html

Boilerplate: Mechanical Marvel http://www.bigredhair.com/boilerplate/

All About Explorers http://www.allaboutexplorers.com/

The First Pregnant Male http://www.malepregnancy.com/

Resource for this Workshop

Annette Lamb - Evaluating Internet Resources http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic32.htm
Alan November - Information Literacy http://www.anovember.com/Default.aspx?tabid=160
UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html

David Warlick - Landmark Project http://www.landmark-project.com/
John Hopkins Univeristy - Sheriden Library Evaluating Internet Resources http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/index.html
*** Practical Steps in Evaluating Internet Resources http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/practical.html