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Using Google for College-Level Research: Test Your Web Evaluation Skills

Which One Would You Use?

Here are a few examples of some good and some questionable sites, can you tell which is which?

Stumped? Click on the word more for a discussion of each website.

Compare These Sites

Try some of these exercises to practice your website evaluation skills:

Exercise 1

How would you evaluate this website: http://www.aim-digest.com/gateway/pages/women/articles/preg2.htm Hint: What happens if you delete everything after .com? What is the purpose of the group that publishes this website? Is this information biased in any way? What clues do you have that this is not a balanced, quality academic source?

 

Exercise 2 Compare these two websites: http://seagrant.uaf.edu/nosb/papers/2001/Gastineau-figs.html http://montereybay.noaa.gov/resourcepro/resmanissues/cruiseships.html Which is more credible? Why?

 
 
 

Exercise 3 Compare these two websites: http://www.consumerfreedom.com Center for Consumer Freedom http://www.consumerreports.org Consumer Reports Which is more credible? What factors helped you decide?

 

Exercise 4 Compare these two websites: http://www.factcheck.org Factcheck.org http://www.justfacts.com JustFacts.com Which is more credible? What factors helped you decide?

 

Exercise 5 Websites to Evaluate: Test Your Critical Thinking Skills from Lyndon State College. Compare the websites in each category, considering the  criteria you've learned. Skip the first set. Which ones are appropriate to use for college assignments?

 

Which of the following websites would you use in an academic research paper?  Why?

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