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LSC 644 Information Literacy and Instructional Design "evaluating blogs and web documents"

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  • 1. Blog evaluation techniques Distinguishing the good from the bad

2. After this session, you will be able to: Evaluate the accuracy of blogs and web documents Identify the authority of blogs and web documents Appraise the objectivity of blogs and web documents Assess the currency of blogs and web documents Estimate the coverage of blogs and web documents 3. acknowledgements Material for this training session comes from the following sources: Evaluating Web Content, User Education Promoting Information Literacy, University Libraries SUNY, Albany http://library.albany.edu/usered/eval/evalweb/EvaluatingWebCon tent.pdf Five Criteria for evaluating Web pages, Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University, Ask a Librarian http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/webcrit.html From Kapoun, Jim. Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation: a guide for library instruction. C&RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523 4. Procedure Step by step, we will consider five evaluative criteria: accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage (AAOCC). But we will not go over these concepts in a vacuum. We will examine each on a website example that you will have at your desktop and on your handout. Please take notes on how we look at the concepts and the examples because you will have an opportunity to do an independent assessment. Questions? 5. Accuracy Who is the author of the page? Can you contact him/her? What is the blogs purpose? Is the purpose clearly stated? Is the blogger qualified to write the blog? 6. http://www.jadaliyya.com/ 7. Authority Can you identify the publisher of the blog? Is she separate from the webmaster? Does an institution publish the blog? Can you determine the institution from the domain? Can we ascertain the publishers credentials/qualifications? 8. http://www.jadaliyya.com/ 9. Objectivity What are the goals/objectives of the blog? Does the blog meet those objectives? Is the information detailed? Does the author express opinions? What are the authors opinions? 10. http://www.jadaliyya.com/ 11. Currency When was the blog produced? Does it have dead links? How recently was the page updated? 12. http://www.jadaliyya.com/ 13. Coverage Are there links and are those links evaluated? Do the links complement themes in the document? Does the site have a balance between images and text? Is presented information cited correctly? 14. http://www.jadaliyya.com/ 15. Wrap-up Accuracy Authority Objectivity Currency Coverage Memory aid: AAOCC 16. Lab and homework assignment We will walk through an evaluation of the first website. Your homework assignment is to pick two additional blogs from among the four provided and evaluate using the criteria we have discussed. For extra credit, you may evaluate all three of the provided sites, or you may evaluate one of your own choosing. 17. http://arabist.net/ 18. http://angryarab.blogspot.com/ 19. http://www.sandmonkey.org/