What is the name of the organization that publishes this web site? ____________________________________________
Is the information on this page objective or biased? _______________________________________________
How would you use this website in a research paper? ______________________________________________________________________________
2. Go to the website Paleo Diet 101
Who is the author of the information on this page? What can you find out about his credentials? __________________________________________________________________________________
What is the purpose of this website?
Would you use the information from this website in a research paper? Why or why not?
3. Go to the web page Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet
Who do you think this article is written for?
_____ Researchers ______ General public ______ Cigarette companies
What organization published this article? ______________________________________
Do you think you can believe what they have to say about smoking? ______________
Why or why not? ____________________________________________________________________________
4. Go to the web page Doctors Falsely Claim Guns Are Public Health Crisis
What organization published this article? ___________ What is that organization’s position on gun control issues? _________________________________
How would you use this website in a research paper?
5. FIND A WEB PAGE ON YOUR TOPIC AND EVALUATE IT:
Name of web page on your topic: __________________________________________________
Web page address (URL): _________________________________________________________
Author(if one is listed): ____________________________________________________
Background information on author: _____________________________________________________________________________
Is the author reliable/knowledgeable? ______________________
What is the author’s position on your topic? Pro Con Balanced
If a Company/organization publishes the page, what is its name? ________________________________________________________
Does the web site provide information about the organization? _________________
If yes, what does the website tell you about the company? _______________________________________________________________________________
Is this a reliable/knowledgeable publisher? __________________________________
What is this organization’s position on your topic? Pro Con Balanced
What do you think is the purpose of the web site?
________ To provide reliable information
________ To sell you something
________ To convince you of something
________ To entertain you
________ Other (Please describe) ________________________________________
How current is this web page? __________________ When was it last updated? ____________
Is the information on the web site accurate? (Remember, you will need to compare the information you find on the web site with information from other sources known to be reliable.)
Would you use this web page in your research? _____ Yes _____No _____Maybe
Why or why not? ______________________________________________________________