South Central Regional
Professional Development Ctr.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
800 University Drive
Rolla, MO 65409
Phone: (573) 341-6473
Fax: (573) 341-6577
Standard 2: The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.
- Determines accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness
- Distinguishes among fact, point of view, and opinion
- Identifies inaccurate and misleading information
- 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?Easy Who Is http://www.easywhois.comBetter Who Is http://www.betterwhois.com/
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?Snopes http://www.snopes.comUrbanlegends.about.com http://urbanlegends.about.com/How much did that click cost? Placement on search results do not indicate relevance.Google Ads http://www.google.com/intl/en/ads/Yahoo Marketing http://searchmarketing.yahoo.com/rc/srch/ (View Bids Tool on right side)
Citing Sources http://citationmachine.net/Request Permission
EvaluationsDigital 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).
Kathy Schrock - List of Critical Evaluations http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/eval.html
ReadWriteThink Evaluation Form http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson328/evalform.pdf
3-5 - Research Building Blocks: Examining Electronic Sources http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1496-8 - 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