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Attention all Spartans: just because it is on the Internet, does NOT mean it is true! Let me repeat- just because it is on the Internet, does NOT mean it is true! Anyone, yes even you, can publish something on the internet with the right knowledge and tools. Some of these tools are even free. Ever had a friend boast about something on facebook™ and they stretched the truth just a wee little bit? Yeah, that's on the Internet. In the old days, pre-Internet, students did all of their research from print materials- books, journals, newspapers, and reference materials. They were edited and vetted for accuracy and fact. Now a days, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that you have at your disposal more information on more topics than someone of my age could ever have dreamed. The bad news is that a lot of it isn't worth the terabit its typed on (fyi- a terabit is a unit of information). If you do your research from the subscription databases, you can be rest assured that your information will be accurate and relevant. The information from these sites has been collected and organized from edited, authoritative materials. If you are doing your searching from the free or surface web, however, you will need to evaluate the information to make sure it is appropriate to use for your task. You want to think of the content, the authority, usability, and purpose/bias of the site.
As you look over the information on your site, ask yourself the following questions:
Check carefully to who wrote the information, not just the webmaster
You may want to print out and use the Web Evaluation sheet and 5 Ws below for when you are searching surface websites.
adapted from "Thinking Tools," The Committed Sardine Blog. www.fluency21.com/blog.cfm
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