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Evaluating Web Sites

Evaluating Web Sites

Follow the links below. After examining each site carefully, answer the questions about it.

1. Helping Someone With An Eating Disorder

    • Who is the author of this article?
    • When would you use a site like this? Would you use it for a school project?

2. Dry Weather Conditions Increases Risk of Beaches Becoming Contaminated

    • Who is the author of this article and what are her credentials? What source does she cite for finding more information?
    • Now take a look at this site's article on environmental problems in Africa and try to figure out its authorship.
    • How do people get articles published on this site? Why do they want to publish articles on this site?
    • What other search tools can you use to find articles on a wide range of subjects that have been written by experts and edited by qualified editors? 

3. Chocolate at Heart: The Anti-Inflammatory Impact of Cocoa Flavanols

    • Whose site is this? What is the mission of the organization?
    • Do you think this site is an authoritative source of information on the nutritional value of chocolate?

4. The Institute for Historical Review

    • What is the purpose of this site?
    • What clues might make you think it is an authoritative source of information?
    • What clues might make you think it is not an authoritative source of information?
    • What is your conclusion? Is the site an authoritative source or not?

5. Nicotine: A Physical Challenge

    • Whose site is this? What is the mission of the organization?
    • What persuasion techniques do you see in action here?
    • Where else might you look to find information about nicotine addiction?

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