Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 31

You’ll find a convenient guide (http://content.easybib.com/students/research-guide/website-credibility-evaluation/) and tools with which to evaluate a web site for your academic work built into our library’s EasyBib School Edition. You’ll also see a link labeled “Evaluate” under the URL when you submit a web site citation.

The link for EasyBib is in the “Getting Started” box on the right side of the library homepage (http://library.sacredheart.edu). If you already have a free EasyBib account, you can upgrade to the additional tools with the university’s edition by logging in there.

Check these elements for a basic web site evaluation:

·         Author

·         Publisher

·         Bias

·         Currency

·         Reproduced

·         Citations

·         Accuracy

·         Complete

·         Credible

If you have trouble finding this information about a web site, ask a reference librarian to help you.

Kathy Schrock asks some more detailed questions about web sites under review - http://kathyschrock.net/abceval/5ws.pdf

The Cornell University librarians have collected a number of more in-depth approaches to web site evaluation - http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/webeval.html You might also find Karen M. Christensson’s mnemonic and rubric “RADCAB™” helpful in deciding which factors are important - http://www.radcab.com/pdfs/radcab-rubric-2.pdf

Even when a site's content is good, poor design may make it less useful. For "best practices" in web site design, use the SUBJECT heading "web site design" to search the library's resources.  Note that "web site" is the preferred spelling used by academic writers; also, you may find popular resources using the spelling "website".

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