Goals for TODAY's workshop:
Learn to Evaluate Websites for School Use/Projects
Locate Academic Websites by controlling for domain
Identify Website Citation information & create a citation using MLA 7th ed. formatting rules
Authority – Site lists the author credentials and has a preferable domain (ex. .gov, .edu).
Bias - Site provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective/not biased in presenting the information.
Currency – Site is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date.
Design – Site is professional, easy to navigate and free from spelling/grammatical errors.
Website citations require that the Author/webmaster, sponsoring organization, and update info. be located on the homepage or "About Us" tab
.edu .org or .gov
You will need to locate the following information if you are going to use a website for a school project or paper. Most importantly, aim to find websites that have identified a person (webmaster, author, editor) who is responsible for the site. Also, carefully scrutinize the mission of the publisher/sponsor of the website to determine if they might have a biased point of view. You can discover this often by visiting the "About Us" tab in most websites.
To cite a website in MLA 7th ed. (Modern Language Association 7th edition citation format), locate:
1) webmaster, author, or editor's name
2) "Title of webpage or artice viewed"
3) Title of website that the webpage is found within
4) Sponsor/publisher's name
5) Date that the website was last updated or created
6) Date that you accessed the website
Proper MLA Format:
Author/webmaster's Last Name, First Name. "Title
of webpage or article read." Title of Website. Sponsoring organization, Date webpage
was updated/published (day month year). Web. Date that you accessed this website.
NEVER ADD A WEBSITE"S URL TO CITATION INFORMATION!!