dhsmc Mrs. Files
Dermott High School  
When using the Internet, remember that anyone at a computer can publish a Web site. To critically evaluate a site, consider the following:

1.  Determine the site's purpose.  Is it to inform, to present opinions, to report research, or to sell a product? For what audience is it intended?

2.  Identify the site's author.  Are qualifications, experience, and/or institutional affiliation given?  Determine who supports the site.  Information from a site labeled with domain names that indicate government, non-profit organizations, or university sites may provide a different viewpoint than information presented from a commercial site.

3.  Consider the site's authority.  Does the web side contain documented facts or personal opinion?  Are sources of information cited?  Does the site look as if it has been created by a professional?  Was the link to this site from a reputable site?

4.  Check the site's timeliness.  Is the content up-to-date? Is the date of creation or most recent revision clearly shown?  Are all of the links on the page current or are there many dead ends?

5.  Consider the site's content.  What aspect of your topic does the site cover?

    It is easy to become "lost in cyberspace," meaning that you do not know how you found a specific site and that you cannot retrace your steps to find that site again.  To avoid losing a site's information, you may bookmark a site to save it on that computer, save the site information on a floppy  or on the computer and open the files later on the Internet or in a word processing program, or copy the information and paste it in another application.

*News Flash!!!  The earth is flat!  The moon is made of cheese!  The sun is a candle in the wind!

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