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Trissler: CIVICS 2020-21 Research Unit: Website Evaluation


I.  READ URL (Web address  https://)! 

Control  for site/Top Level Domain

.edu  .org  .gov .mil  .net  .com




Authority – Site lists the author credentials and has a preferable domain (ex. .gov, .edu).

Bias -  Site provides accurate information with limited advertising; objective/not biased information

Currency – Site is current & updated regularly & ALL links are up-to-date.

Design – Site is professional, easy to navigate and free from spelling/grammatical errors.


Excellent Fit - Content of site matches your research question



 LSA Library Guide's Website's Page

Google Advanced Search (Can Control for type of site/domain!)


Classroom & Small Group Discussion Practices

1. ONE person speaks at a time

2. Everyone takes notes (You could be the "Reporter")!

3. Getting and making clarification:  Try these sentence starters:

     * Could you explain that again in different words

     * I'm not following you

     * I respectfully disagree, because  . . . 

     * I see things differently

      * I agree, because

     * I wonder if, . . .

      * I'd like to finish my thought,

      * Could you give an example, What evidence are you thinking about?

     * Do I hear you saying that . . .

      * We seem to be on the same page

     * Overall,  I think . . . 

Website Evaluation PPT


Website vs. Webpage * WWW: Definitions

WEBSITE = "A Web site is a related collection of World Wide Web (WWW) files that includes a beginning file called a home page. A company or an individual tells you how to get to their Web site by giving you the address of their home page. From the home page, you can get to all the other pages on their site".                        (from:


"Please note that a WEBPAGE is not the same thing as a Website. A Webpage is an individual HTML document. This is a good distinction to know, as most techies have little tolerance for people who mix up the two terms."


EVERY WEBPAGE/WEBARTICLE has a unique URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or web address that identifies its Top Level Domain (.com, .org, .edu, .gov., .mil etc.)

REVIEW: Terms & Concepts

Webpage (parts of)

Top-Level Domains (.gov; .edu; .org; .com; .net)


A-B-C-D-E Evaluation Criteria

Academic/scholarly Website


ACTIVITY:Are these Web Sources Academic or Non-Academic?

Activity: Evaluating Webpages

1) Open the link to the assigned webpage for your group.

2) Examine the homepage carefully with your partner using the A-B-C-D-E criteria for scholarly webpages

3) Determine if it IS or IS NOT a scholarly webpage/website. Explain by checking  the A-B-C-D-E criteria on the Google Classroom Activity Form and providing a few words to justify your decision.

    ___Authority     ___Bias     ___Currency     ___Design     ___Excellent Fit

Explain ________________________________________________________


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