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ENG 102, Throesch, Allegheny: Evaluation & Bias

   evaluation & bias

Evaluate Websites

google search

The following are some general, basic criteria to consider when evaluating resources:  

Accuracy
Does the information presented seem accurate?
Are the facts verifiable?

Authority
Who is the author?
What expertise does he or she have on this topic?
Who sponsors the site?
Check the domain name (.org, .edu, .gov, etc.) to determine if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.

Objectivity
What is the stated purpose of the site?
Examine the "About..." or "Mission" links on a web page.
What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased?
What kind of sites does this one link to?

Currency
On what date was the page created?
Do you need more current information?
Do links on the site still work?

Use
Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?


Worksheet

web evaluation exercise

Good or Bad?

Practice what you've learned.  Look at the sites below and evaluate them.  Would you use them for a paper?

Group 1. Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 21 Can Protect Against Later Risk of Death

Group 2. Why Lowering the Drinking Age May Make Us All Safer

Group 3. Fact Sheets - Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age

Group 4. Why the Drinking Age Is 21 in the United States

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