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Last updated: 3/31/08

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Evaluating Information from the Web
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On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.

Dog sitting at computer, talking to another dog.
Steiner, P. New Yorker (1993) 69:20.

Are you a good judge of quality? Could you spot a fake Rolex watch? Do you know how to identify real Juicy Couture fashion? What about the quality of your information? Are you sure that the information you just found on the Web is good quality - from a credible source, valid, trustworthy? A fake Rolex could make you late; false, misleading, poor quality information could cause you real harm. Check out this month's library display and learn how to tell the good websites from the "dogs".

Selected online tutorials for evaluating Websites

Barker, Joe. “Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Know and Apply”. Jan. 27, 2008. University of California at Berkeley. Teaching Library Internet Workshops. Retrieved March 20, 2008.

Beck, Susan E. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Or, Why It’s a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources.” August 9, 2007. New Mexico State University. Retrieved March 20, 2007.

Grassian, Esther. “Thinking Critically About World Wide Web Resources”. June 13, 2006. University of California Los Angeles. Retrieved March 20, 2008.

Meriam Library ReSearch Station. Oct. 24, 2007. “Evaluating Information: Applying the CRAAP Test.” California State University, Chico. Retrieved March 20, 2008.

“Wolfgram Memorial Library Web Evaluation Tutorial and Exercises.” Widener University. Retrieved March 20, 2008.

Books that will help you to find and evaluate information from the World Wide Web can be found by searching the HELIN catalog http://library/ by Subject using the term: Web sites – Evaluation. This list includes books that will help you learn to search the Web more effectively and to evaluate the information that you find as a result of your searching.

Alexander, Janet E. and Marsha Ann Tate. (1999) Web wisdom: How to evaluate and create information quality on the web. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Bell, Suzanne S. (2006) Librarian’s guide to online searching. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Garvin, Peggy. (2006) Real world research skills: An introduction to factual, international, judicial, legislative, and regulatory research. Alexandria, VA: The Capital.Net.

Harris, Frances Jacobson. (2005) I found it on the Internet: Coming of age online. Chicago: American Library Association.

Herring, Mark Youngblood. (2007) Fool's gold: Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Jeanneney, Jean-Noel. Fagan, (2007) Google and the myth of universal knowledge. (Teresa Lavendar, Trans.) Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Mintz, Anne P. (Ed.). (2002) Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet. Information Today: Medford, New Jersey.

Radford, Marie L., Susan B. Barnes and Linda R. Barr. (2002) Web research: Selecting, evaluating and citing. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

 M. MacDonald & K. Cheromcha, 3/08

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