Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Web Site Evaluation for Hart English 50

Group 1: Who is the Author?
  • Is it an individual or group?
  • What are the author's credentials, educational background, area of expertise?
  • Has this individual or group published elsewhere?
  • Have other scholar's cited this author's work?
Group 2: Why was the source written?
  • Is the information presented fact, opinion or propaganda?
  • Does the author want readers to take action in some way?
  • What sorts of claims are made?  Do they seem reasonable and in line with other books, articles, web sites?
  • Is the author's point of view impartial and objective?
Group 3:  How was this web site written?
  • Does the author tell how facts were gathered?
  • What types of sources are used?
  • Is there any sort of documentation, for instance, a bibliography or "credits"?
Group 4: What has been written?
  • Do you trust the information?
  • Is there a potential conflict of interest?
  • Is there another source for this same information that could be more trustworthy? 

(KeyWord Challenge)