In this assignment, you will evaluate a popular (non-scholarly) article or page found on a website to use in your research paper. The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with the skills to look critically at a website and determine if it is a reliable source of information and appropriate for your research paper.
How Do I Evaluate Online Information? This video is from the University of Arizona. It has a slightly different approach than the first video but gives you additional steps to take for fact-checking information you find on a website.
Find a website and apply the techniques discussed in the videos to evaluate the site. You can use a website you have already found, one that is on your resource guide or through a new search. Since you are looking for a website, you will want to use Google or any search engine. Do not use the library databases. Be sure to read the tips in the Suggestion box below.
Complete the worksheet.
Submit your assignment in Canvas.
Assignment is due by by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 10
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To be successful in the assignment:
Not all web resources are created equal! You can use Google's Advanced Search option to focus your search, using specific keywords or limiting it to certain domains, such as only a .gov (government site) or .edu (educational site). To get to the Advanced Search tool, go to the Google Advanced Search or http://www.google.com and type in "advanced google search." From the advanced screen, add keywords you have developed and under "domain or site" specific either .edu or .gov to limit your results. See the graphic below. But, remember, even if you are using a .gov or .edu, you still need to evaluate the information on the site to make sure it is relevant and useful to your specific research topic. Also, don't automatically rule out a .org or .com; some excellent websites use those domains.