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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