Website EvaluationCompiled by Mrs. Gruenthal, Library Media Teacher
"Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly."
-----Roger Ebert

Why should you evaluate webpages?
Anyone with a computer can put up a webpage. You do not know who they are, or if they are qualified to talk about the subject you are researching. Before you use a website, look to see who is sponsoring the page. If you can't figure out who has produced it, don't use it.

21st Century Information Fluency
Kathy Schrock's Guide
McDougal Littel Class Zone
Website Evaluation Video
Snopes is that e-mail a hoax?

Funny Sites:

The Jackelope Conspiracy
Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency
The First Page of the Internet
Male Pregnancy
The Ova Prima Foundation
California's Velcro Crop Under Challenge
This Page Intentionally Left Blank
Mankato, Minnesota

Scary Sites (By "scary" I mean really misleading if used for a report):
Dihydrogen Monoxide
Institute for Historical Review

More on Website Evaluation:
Evaluating Web Pages UC Berkeley

Summary of The CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation

Credibility
trustworthy source, author’s credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support. Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.

Accuracy
up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.

Reasonableness
fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.

Support
listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).

The bottom line is be careful when using the World Wide Web.
Online Safetey Tips

Media Awareness Network Test your Website judgement with this interactive tutorial.

More Information:
Evaluating Web Pages (UC Berkeley)
Bottom Line: Is the web page as good (or better than) what you could find in journal articles or other published literature that is not on the free, general web?

Fake Websites (Used for Information Literacy Skills)
http://wemarket4u.net/fatfoe/
Dog Island Free Forever
http://www.thedogisland.com/press.html
P.E.T.PU People for the ethical treatment of pumpkins http://www.geocities.com/petpu4
Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
The Republic of Cascadia
http://zapatopi.net/cascadia/
http://www.mich.edu/~engtt516
NinjaBurger
http://www.ninjaburger.com
McWhortle enterprises
http://www.mcwhortle
http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html
http://www.vhstigers.org/library/internet_info.jsp?rn=41539
Clones R Us
http://www.d-b.net/dti/
Di Hydrogen Monoxide site:
http://www.dhmo.org/
Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency:
http://www.fvza.org/index.html
The Jackalope Conspiracy
http://www.sudftw.com/jackcon.htm
California's Velcro Crop Under Challenge
http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html
Internet Detective
http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/
The Ova Prima Foundation
http://www.ovaprima.org/
First Male Pregnancy
http://www.malepregnancy.com/
http://vhstigers.org/library/internet_info.jsp
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/
http://descy.50megs.com/descy/webcred/webcred/dhmo.html
http://www.dreamweaverstudios.com/moonbeam/moon.htm
http://improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume9/v9i4/chicken_egg.html
http://improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume4/v4i4/catfeet.htm
http://liberty.kernhigh.org/library/fake.htm
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoaxsites.html
http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html
Internet Detective
http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/

All About Explorers
http://allaboutexplorers.com/
Mankato, Minnesota
http://city-mankato.us/
Jacopo di Poggibonsi
http://www.umich.edu/~engtt516/gallery.html
http://www.ihr.org/
http://www.rythospital.com/nanodocs/
http://www.sree.net/stories/feline.html