Web Site Evaluation Assignment
"A web pages must be the correct source because it is the most current
and easiest to access form of information."
Literate users of the web are able to
1. recognize when they need more information
2. search for and access information efficiently
3. properly cite sources on the web with complete accuracy
4. evaluate information critically
5. incorporate information into larger projects effectively
6. integrate information into their personal knowledge base
7. develop a better understanding of a specific drug, and how such information is presented
to the public
Choose a particular psychoactive drug from the signup sheet (cocaine, Prozac, St. John’s Wort,
etc). You will be writing a review for four different web sites: two of which you think are
excellent and would highly recommend, and two which you think are poorly designed and you
would not recommend.
For each web site, provide the following
1. a correct citation (see below) including the title, URL, and name of author (if available)
2. a brief description of the content of the site that would give other students a good idea of
3. an evaluation that uses the criteria for relevance, authority, and accuracy (see below) to
explain why you have recommended or rejected the site. For recommended sites, be sure
to explain why you think this site would make an important contribution to students'
understanding of the course topic.
4. a description of your personal reaction to each web site (is it attractive? does it make you
want to learn about the topic? why or why not?).
You will need to write at least 2 pages for each web site in order to complete all of these
requirements. Depending on the sites you chose, you may find that you are repeating yourself for
two negative reviews. In this case, you may combine the two negative reviews into one 3 page
review (you may not combine the two positive reviews). Submit your report to me in MS Word
format as an email attachment by 4/27/09. I will add links that are chosen, described, and
defended well to the course web page.
Some restrictions: You may only use one website from each of the following: a government
source (ex., DEA), a manufacturing/marketing company, and a purely historical site (no
information about pharmacology of drug). In addition, you may not use different pages from the
same parent site. Although it is not usually permissible for research papers, you may include a
page from Wikipedia for this assignment.
Criteria for evaluating a web site:
1. Who is responsible for the contents of the page?
2. Are sources for any factual information clearly listed so they can be verified in another
3. Is the information free of grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors?
4. If there is any advertising on the page. If so, is it clearly differentiated from the
5. If there is a political/ideological/religious or other agenda, is it clearly stated?
6. When was the site created? When was the site last revised?
9. What kind of additional resources available (text, images, audio, video, list of related
sites)? If they are available, are they helpful?
Citations for web pages:
List as much of the information from the following example as possible. You sometimes have to
hunt around to find the information. For example, if there is a page like
http://www.somesite.com/somepage.htm, and somepage.htm doesn't have the information you're
looking for, move up the URL to http://www.somesite.com/)
General format should look like this:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of document. Retrieved month day,
year (only if the text may potentially change over time), from http://Web address
NOTE: When an Internet document is more than one Web page, provide a URL that links to the
home page or entry page for the document. Also, if there isn't a date available for the document
use (n.d.) for no date.
You may find it useful to read A Students Guide to Research with the WWW at
http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/2.2/news/youcanuse/craig/index.html for more information and
guidelines to doing effective web research.
Some of the text in the document above has been adapted from the following sites:
Kelly, T. M. (2004 December 16) Rubric for Evaluating Websites. Retrieved March 25, 2009,
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2009, from http://www2.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/sample2a.html
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APA, (2007). APA Style Guide to Electronic References [PDF document]. Available from
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