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Evaluating ONLINE resources

Searching Online - What TYPE of web site is it?

GOOD

MAYBE ???

BAD

.edu = an educational group like a college or school

 .org = a professional organization (but there may be opinion mixed with fact)

 .gov = U.S. government created these sites to provide information to the public

 .museum = museum

You need to investigate further with these types of sites especially:

 Wikipedia is only somewhat reliable – many scholars have shown factual errors in some of the Wikipedia entries (BUT look for a list of links at the end of a Wiki entry)

 .com = commercial site

 .net = personal or other site

Geocities web sites are “homemade” sites that anyone can create and there is no way to tell if the site it credible

 

 When reviewing a site, ask yourself:

• What TYPE of site is this? .gov, .org, .edu, .com, etc.

• WHO is the creator of this site or the host/ publisher of the site? If there is a name, what do you know about that person/ author? Like who do they work for?

• What type of bias or opinion might that host/ publisher have?

• How does the bias of the site affect the information on the site?

 

Google search tips:

 use quotes in a search, ex. “Chicano History” (53,000 hits in Google) versus Chicano History (252,000 hits)

 use AND or OR in a search,

    AND means that Google will search for any web site that has Holocaust AND survivor together; No “AND” means that it will find any web site with either topic included

          ex. Holocaust AND survivor (13,500,000 results) versus Holocaust survivor (8,460,000 results)

     OR means that Google will search for any web site that has either Holocaust OR WWII, but will not include any sites with both words together; No “OR” means that it will find any web site with either topic included

         ex. Holocaust OR WWII (94,700,000 results) versus Holocaust WWII (3,760,000 results)