Evaluating Websites: by 2R33d6

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									Name:______________________________                                  Period: ___________

                      Evaluating Websites:
     Using Credible and Reliable Sites for Health Information
Mastery Objectives: As a result of our time in the Media Center today, you will be able to . . .
   Explain the five criteria for evaluating websites
   Apply the criteria to evaluate five health-related websites to determine whether or not the
      sites are credible sources and find credible and questionable health websites through Google.

Instructions:
    1. Visit the following 5 health-related websites.
    2. Using the attached sheet that explains the five criteria for evaluating websites (authority,
        accuracy, objectivity, currency and coverage), discuss whether or not each site is credible
        and reliable. You must use the criteria to determine this.
    3. For each website, list at least 3 reasons why the site is credible or why it is not credible.
    4. Move on to part 2 and follow those instructions.

Part 1: Websites to visit:

(1) http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/std/aids.htm
Credible and reliable site? (circle one)                     Yes                     No
Why? (include at least 3 reasons and explanations)
1.
2.
3.


(2) http://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm
Credible and reliable site? (circle one)                     Yes                     No
Why? (include at least 3 reasons and explanations)
1.
2.
3.


(3) http://www.birthcontrol.com/
Credible and reliable site? (circle one)                     Yes                     No
Why? (include at least 3 reasons and explanations)
1.
2.
3.
(4) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sexuallytransmitteddiseases.html
Credible and reliable site? (circle one)                     Yes                    No
Why? (include at least 3 reasons and explanations)
1.
2.
3.


(5) http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
Credible and reliable site? (circle one)                     Yes                    No
Why? (include at least 3 reasons and explanations)
1.
2.
3.



PART 2:
 Go to Google.com
 Search for “female reproductive system” OR “male reproductive system” OR
“sexually transmitted diseases” OR “AIDS”
1. What topic did you search for?


2. List 1 credible website you found and list 3 reasons why you believe this site is credible and
reliable.
Website:
Reason 1:
Reason 2:
Reason 3:

3. List 1 website that is questionable or is not credible and list 3 reasons why you do not believe
this is a reliable site.
Website:
Reason 1:
Reason 2:
Reason 3:
                                       Lenape Media Center Guide
                                          Evaluating Websites
Websites are valuable resources, yet it is important to carefully review websites to ensure they are accurate and will
provide reliable information. Anyone can have a website and say anything they want - before you trust the information
on any site, you should carefully review and evaluate the site. (Information from our Lenape Media Center
“Research Guide”.)

***Look for these 5 things:***


     Authority
             o Who wrote the information?
             o What is the site’s domain? Is it a commercial (.com) site or a more trustworthy
               government (.gov) or educational institution (.edu) site?
             o Is the author qualified to write about the subject?
             o Can you contact the author of the site?

     Accuracy
             o Is the information reliable and can it be verified?
             o Does the page cite its sources?

     Objectivity
             o Is the information free from bias?
             o What is the goal (or is there an agenda) of the site?
             o Is the information based on facts or opinion?

     Currency
             o When was the page last updated?
             o Is the information dated?
             o Are there “dead links” on the page?

     Coverage
             o Does it provide in-depth material?
             o Does the information found relate to your topic?

								
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