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Evaluating Information
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Why Evaluate What You Find on the Web?
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Anyone can put up a web page
Many pages are not kept up-to-date
There is no quality control of the web
So…
Use the Who, What and When technique
to evaluate…
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Who?
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Can you tell who wrote it ?
Is it a reputable organization,
institution or agency that you
recognise?
What are their credentials for
the subject matter ? Look for
links to: “About us”;
“Philosophy”; “Background”;
or “Biography”
If no links or other clues
truncate the URL
Before you click to view the page...
• Look at the URL – is it a personal page or site ?
• Is the domain name appropriate for the content ?
edu, com, org, net, gov, ca.us, uk, etc.
• Is it published by an entity that makes sense ?
• News from its source?
www.nytimes.com
• Advice from valid agency?
www.nih.gov/
www.nlm.nih.gov/
www.nimh.nih.gov/
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What?
• Where has the information
come from- are the sources
documented?
• Does it have links to other
resources?
• Is it bias or does it present a
balanced viewpoint?
• Is it appropriate for your
purpose?
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When?
• When was it written?
• Was it written as a oneoff or is it frequently
updated?
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Developing a checklist
• Work in groups of 4-5
• Use Handout 1 to develop a checklist for
evaluating information
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Evaluating sources on Climate Change
• In your groups, look at the sources on climate
change and discuss:
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Are they bias or balanced?
Are they easy to understand?
Can you rely on the facts and figures quoted?
Which would be suitable sources of information for
a policy maker?
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This presentation is based in part on a presentation produced by the University of California Berkely Library
and on the Science on the Internet etutorial.
The presentation is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0
Unported License.
You are free to modify and use this presentation for non-commercial purposes providing you retain the
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For further information please contact [email protected]
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