Searching for and Evaluating
Web Sites Effectively

Christine Bauer-Ramazani
Saint Michael's College
Colchester, Vermont, U.S.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

URL for this presentation: http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/present/ELT-Conf-Bogota-07/WebSites/search_eval.htm
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Bookmarks: Effective Internet Searching | Evaluating Web Pages

  1. Effective Internet Searching

For more information on search engines, see Types of Search Tools. Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Showdown.

For effective searches on Google, see Nancy Blachman's Google Guide: http://www.googleguide.com/.

  1. Evaluating Web Pages

  • Rationale: Why do we need to evaluate Web pages?

    • Link to cartoon: What is the lesson in it?

  • Context for searching the Web: Purpose
  • Criteria for evaluating Web pages: common factors & considerations for use in teaching English Language Learners
     
    1. AUDIENCE/PURPOSE:

    academic, entertainment, personal; inform, persuade, sell
    1. CONTENT
    relevancy, accuracy, value
    1. AUTHOR/SOURCE
    credibility, affiliation, contact information
    1. URL/DOMAIN
    publishing body (.edu, .org, .com, .gov, .de, .co, .au), implications
    1. DATE OF PUBLICATION
    currency
    1. TONE/BIAS
    objective/balanced, sarcastic, exaggerated, all points of view/one-sided
    1. READABILITY
    format/layout, scaffolding, graphics, organizers
    1. ORGANIZATION/NAVIGATION
    clarity of site structure, easy navigation
    1. ADS/POP-UPS
    interference with navigation and/or comprehension
    1. REFERENCES
    documentation, additional sources, links

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2007: Christine Bauer-Ramazani; last updated: July 09, 2017