1.Lesson 8 Evaluating Websites ImWilf . I will tell you w hatI ml ookingf or in this unit. This means I want to know ifyou can dowhat I am looking for by the end! ImWalt . I will tell you what we will be learning, after all: w ea rel earningt owork well in Meldrum Academy!
Walt says: In this unit we are learning :
What to look out for when evaluating a resource
How to judge whether a resource is useful for your investigation.
Wilf says: What Im looking for is that by the end of this unit you should be able to say:
Identify where a piece of information comes from
Judge how accurate a resource is likely to be
Recognise differences between fact and opinion
Spot bias and misinformation in a resource
Judge how useful a resource is for my investigation.
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Heavy industry is destroying our planet! Our jeans will make you irresistible and everyone will fall in love with you! 6. Online information Anyone can publish on the Internet, whatever their intentions To inform To sell you something To persuade . To fool you! For fame . 7. So, is it Great or Garbage?
Who wrote it?
Is it accurate?
Is it biased?
Is it useful?
8. Who wrote it?
What organisation or individual is responsible for the resource?
Look for clues in the url (.com .gov .org, etc)
Are they a recognised expert in their field?
Is there an about us or contact us section on the website?
If in doubt, Google the author to see what else theyve written
9. Is it accurate?
Does the information fit with what you already know?
How up to date is the material?
Do the facts check out?
10. Think about Wikipedia
Wikipedia allows anyone to contribute an article
Wikipedia welcomes amateur contributors
No formal training is needed for posting an entry
Wikipedia entries do not list authors full or even real names
11. Is it biased?
Few sources of information are purely factual these are mainly encyclopaedias, dictionaries, reference works
Most sources contain an element of opinion or bias some more than others!
Newspapers, television broadcasts, political statements, scientific research all represent different points of view
12. Points of view
Take the issue of animal testing, for example.How many different points of view are there?
Animal rights groups
Can you think of any other examples?
13. Clues about bias
Bias can be useful in an investigation, but it can also be misleading.Here are some points to look out for:
What sort of language or tone does the author use?
What other sites does the resource link to?
Is there any advertising on the page?
14. Is it useful for my investigation?
When you are doing an investigation, ask yourself:
Is the information relevant or related to your topic?