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ENC 1101 (C. Smith): Web Site Evaluation
This is a guide for students in Professor Crystal Smith's ENC 1101 classes.
Web Site Evaluation
Find Background Information
Find News Reports
Find Points of View
MLA In-Text Citation
Why Evaluate Websites
For two very critical reasons:
Anyone can create a website and put anything on the web.
Unlike traditional print sources (like newspapers), editors or fact-checkers
check the facts in web resources to ensure their accuracy. It is up to you to evaluate the accuracy of a website.
Website Evaluation - ABC3 Method
An accepted source of expert information or advice.
An expert usually has education in his or her specialty OR lots of experience, often both.
Is the author of the information an authority on the topic?
Favoring a particular point of view and often trying to persuade the reader of that viewpoint.
Does the author of the information have ulterior motives besides informing me on a topic?
The material is well-written, well-researched and relevant.
Does the webpage have spelling or grammatical errors? Is the site easily navigable? Does the site look professional? Is it useful? Is it relevant to my needs?
The information can be verified using another source. If I look at another web site, book, or article on the same topic, I can find the same facts used on this site.
Can I find the same facts repeated in different sources?
The information is up-to-date. (If the site does not tell you when the information was updated, how will you know?)
Is the information the latest available on the topic?
Types of Web Sites
Reputable News Organization
Personal Web Site
What Makes a Credible Site
Intent to inform
Editing BEFORE publication
Website Evaluation Rubric
Valencia College - East Campus
701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail
Office: Building 4-217
Website / Blog Page
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