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Evaluating Websites: Introduction

Objectives

Students will learn how to determine whether a website is suitable for college research and whether it meets their research needs for a particular assignment. 

Students will learn to evaluate by a set of five criteria: authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency and coverage.  Students will learn how to identify web hoaxes. 

Students will learn about search engines and alternative ways to find good websites.

Special thanks to Leecy Barnett, Lynn University librarian, for permission to reproduce this work for use at Palm Beach State College.

What is the World Wide Web?

   The internet is the global communication network that allows almost all computers worldwide to connect and exchange information.  The World Wide Web is a part of the Internet that contains linked text, image, sound, and video documents. Before the World Wide Web (WWW), information retrieval on the Internet was text-based and required that users know basic UNIX commands. The World Wide Web has gained popularity largely because of its ease of use (point-and-click graphical interface) and multimedia capabilities, as well as its convenient access to other types of Internet services such as e-mail.