EVALUATING WEBSITES BEFORE YOU USE THEM:
Why should you check on whether a site is authentic or not?

I. Websites: True or False?
A. SCIENCE HOAXES:
Museum of Hoaxes
Can You Spot the Fake Scientific Studies?
Top 10 Science Hoaxes
Male Pregnancy
California's Velcro Crop under Challenge (1993)
Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
Buy Dehydrated Water
Google Gulp
Help Save the Endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus From Extinction
Save the Guinea Worm Foundation
Genochoice
The Jackelope Conspiracy
McWhortle Enterprises, Inc.
Whale Watching on the Great Lakes
Floral Sculpture Clinic
Furnetics.com
DHMO.ORG: Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division
10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science
Phil Bradley's website Making the net easier

OTHER HOAXES:
Forever Free - Dog Island
Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
Funky Shoes
Drivers License Search
You WILL experience the Ninja BurgerĀ® difference!
Snopes and hoaxes
Petroleum Addiction
Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Clubbo Records
Cokelore
A brief essay on the life and work of Jacopo di Poggibonsi
Mike Sandman...Chicago's Telecomm
New Identity
All About Explorers

II. EDUCATORS LISTS OF ARTICLES DISCUSSING FAKE WEBSITES:
Sites to see: Online Literacy
Bogus Websites - Maybe?
Website Evaluation
Thinking Critically about Internet Sources
Fake websites or spoof websites. Examples of false sites to aid in evaluating internet resources
Bogus Websites - Department of Education Australia
Technology Tip Number 124 The Bogus Internet
TEACHING WEB PAGE EVALUATION USING HOAX SITES--DR. MARY ANN BELL
Open Directory - Description Top : Reference : Education : Instructional Technology : Evaluation : Web Site Evaluation: Hoax Sites



III. 5 W'S FOR EVALUATING WEBSITES:
WHO:
Who wrote the pages and are they an expert?
Is a biography of the author included?
How can you find out more about the author?

WHAT:
What does the author say is the purpose of the site?
What else might the author have in mind for the site?
What makes the site easy to use?

WHEN:
When was the site created?
When was the site last updated

WHERE:
Where does the information come from?
Where can I look to find out more about the producer/sponsor?

WHY:
Why is this information useful for my purpose?
Why should I use this information?
Why is this page better than another?

"Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators" 21 March 2004 <http://discoveryschool.com/schrockguide>

If you are NOT sure how to tell if an article is biased check the following sites:
Wikipedia suggestions for words that indicate bias
Indicators of Bias

If you want to know why you should use scholarly databases as well as searching the internet using Google check out the following article:
Why "Googling It" is Not Enough


IV. UNDERSTANDING URLS AND DOMAIN NAMES:




V. INTERACTIVE SITE:
Quick Quality Information Checklist
Go through the interactive site and answer the questions on the sheet. If you have lost your sheet you can access the questions by clicking on the file below:


Find a website that would be useful for a project you are doing in school. Use the form listed below to evaluate that website:



II. THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN LOOKING AT WEBSITES:
Quick: The Quality Checklist
Critical Evaluation of Information
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask


III. WIKIPEDIA:
What Wikipedia has to say about Wikipedia: (August 19th, 2011)
Wikipedia Cuts on the Bias
Wikipedia: Redesigning Research

IV. RELIABLE OPTIONS:
Google News Archive:
Cold War Google News Archive Example