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rhtitleevalinfo.gif (10999 bytes) You should always ask questions about everything you read, see or hear.  You should look carefully at each source to find out if it's:

too simple, just right, or too difficult

Look at the headings and sub-headings, the size of the type or font, and the words/sentences.

 

facts or opinions

Check to see if the person is telling what they think about the topic or if they are backing up their ideas with factual proof.

 

written/created by an authority/expert or someone who's just interested

Check the title page in a book, magazine, or CD-ROM booklet, the opening credits of a video, and the bottom of the homepage in a web site, for the writer, creator, editor, or publisher, to see if they are an expert or authority in the topic.

 

old or up to date

Check the title page in a book, magazine, or CD-ROM booklet, the opening credits of a video, and the bottom of the homepage in a web site, for the date it was published or produced and the copyright date.

 

well organized and easy to use to find information or difficult

Does it have a table of contents, index, headings and sub-topics, pictures, charts, graphs, maps... to help you find what you need?

Evaluating a Web Site: To decide whether a web site will be useful in your research use the web page evaluation rubric and Content Page Evaluation guide. These will help you to analyze and evaluate the web site you are thinking about using.

 

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