Posted: January 20th, 2023
Step 1: Visit the Web page below. It will give you detailed information about how to critically evaluate Web resources you might encounter while you’re doing research. Read through the information then print it out for use in Steps 3 and 4: https://libguides.colostate.edu/howtodo/evaluatewebpage
Step 2: Explore two of the following sites: one from Group A and one from Group B.
Step 3: Answer the following questions: a. In Step 1 you learned the important criteria for critically evaluating a Web page. Keeping that information in mind, answer the following questions about the two Web pages you chose in Step 2 (one from Group A and one from Group B).
1. Purpose: What is the purpose of the website? Why was the page created? Was it to: inform; entertain; share information; advertise/sell a product or service; influence views, beliefs, elections; provide up-to-the-moment news; or for personal enjoyment?
2. Sponsor/Owner: On what type of Internet provider or organization does the page reside? Government agency (.gov); educational (.edu); business/company (.com); association (.org); entertainment (.com); news bureau (.com); or a personal website (.com)?
3. Organization and Content: Is the page well organized and easy to navigate? Is the information easy to find? Is the text well written (good grammar, no spelling mistakes, etc.)? Are the links relevant and appropriate/worthwhile?
4. Bias – Political or Issue Stance: (of the author or sponsor) Some Web pages have an inherent bias that will impact everything that appears on them. Is the website associated with a particular political group; religious group; business selling a product; or something/someone else altogether?
5. Date of Production/Revision: When was the web page created? When was it last revised? How up-to-date are the links? Are the links still active (when you click on them they’re connected to more information)?
6. Authority/author: Who is responsible for the page? Is the author an expert in this field or otherwise qualified to provide this information? Does the author provide contact information, such as an e-mail address or phone number, in case you want to contact him/her?
7. What type of site is it? Is it a Website-only page; journal article; government source; presentation given at a workshop or conference; blog; or wiki?
8. Audience: To what type of reader is the Web page directed? Is the page for: general readers; students (elementary, high school, college, graduate); professionals; or researchers and scholars?
9. Coverage: Does the Web page thoroughly cover the topic, partially cover it, or is it just a brief overview? What, if anything is missing from the website?
10.Data: What type of data (numbers, tables, graphs, etc.), are provided on the Web page? Do both Web pages provide the same data? Or are there differences? Explain your answer. (Source: http://lib.colostate.edu/howto/evalweb.html) b. Which of the two Web pages would you recommend that a student use for preparing a speech or research paper about the topic? Explain your answer? c. How can you get involved and/or share the information you’ve learned with others?
Step 4: Now that you’ve critically evaluated both Web pages, construct a 500 word essay that summarizes your conclusions. The guidelines below should help you construct your essay. Type your paper using APA-style: 1” margins on all sides, 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font; page number and running head in the upper right corner; double spaced and black ink only. a. Cover Page/Title Page: be sure to include the title of your essay; your name; the course name and section number; my name (spelled correctly); and the due date.
b. Introduction: give the title for each Web page you chose, briefly explain the purpose for writing the essay, and then summarize your answer to Step 3, letter b.
c. Body: Summarize what you found at both of the Web pages you chose (the type of information provided by each), then evaluate each site using the answers you gave for Step 3, letter a. Be sure to include the answers for all 10 of the questions!
d. Conclusion: Restate the purpose for writing the essay, and then give a brief summary of your answers to Step 3 letters b and c. e. Reference Page: be sure to give credit to both of the Web pages you chose for this essay, along with the Web page from Step 1.
Step 5: Turn your paper in via the method designated by your professor by the due date. *NOTE: Essays will be evaluated by plagiarism software so be sure to give credit where credit is due. Using someone else’s words without giving them credit is called plagiarism. Likewise, this is an individual project, NOT a group project, so your answers should not be identical to another student’s answers. Copying from another student is considered cheating. Suspected incidences of plagiarism or cheating will result in a grade of 0 on this assignment and a disciplinary referral to the Vice President of Student Services.
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