Web Searching and Evaluation
Find several web pages or sites (specified in
your instructor) related to your writing
or research assignment. Write a brief
(two paragraph) evaluation of each site, and be sure to cite the pages in an appropriate style. Print and submit the first page of each site.
Consider the following essential questions to help with your critical evaluation
Who created the web site? What are their qualifications and credentials? Does the site have a profit motive? Does a profit motive impact the content?
What’s the purpose of your site? What types of information are available on this site? What does a user need to know to successfully navigate through/find the information within the site?
Is the information presented from a biased point of view? What type of language does the site use (scholarly, informal, inflammatory, etc.)? How current is the information on the site?
What are the strengths of the site? What are its weaknesses?
Would you choose to use information from this site in your research paper? Why or why not?
Helps students develop skills in
Encourages students to develop skills for
critically evaluating quality of web resources.
Provides practice in using a bibliographic
To complete this assignment,
it will be helpful to review the following information:
Alternate Task: In-Class
Small Student Group Assignment
Locate the following web resources:
The Nutrition Source
Global Warming Information
Spend 15 minutes exploring your assigned website with your small student group in order to gather information and describe the site to the rest of your classmates.
At the end of the 15 minutes, you and your partners will report your findings in a brief (5 minute) presentation to the class.
consider the essential questions above to help with your critical evaluation
Confused about evaluating
web information? Ask a librarian for help at the Research Services Desk