Evaluation of Two Websites

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The process of evaluating web sites is more than just looking the page over and deciding that it ‘looks’ legitimate. According to GCU Library, the process of evaluating a web site involves checking five categories: authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage (LIBRARY). Each category requires you to look deeper than just the front page of a web site. I have evaluated two web sites, Womenshealth.com and Childtrends.org. I believe that both of these sites are excellent sources of information because they demonstrate authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency and coverage. According to GCU Library Tutorial (n.d.), each category that is evaluated when checking web sites has distinct characteristic that are designed to help a person decide if the web site will be useful in the research process. The first point to check is authority which mainly looks at the author of the page. When evaluating authority, you must be able to verify the author’s credential as well as veryify if the page has copyright credit (LIBRARY). Authority also consists of being able to contact either the author or editor by email, phone or main (LIBRARY). Next, the website’s facts need to be verifiable which is accuracy (LIBRAY). This process is looking to see if there is an editor of the site who verifies the information to ensure that it is accurate (LIBRAY). According to GCU Library Tutorial (n.d.), researchers should also pay attention to the domain of the website to see if they are an organization, commercial or educational site. The next step is to see if the site has objectivity by trying to define what are the goals of the site (LIBRARY). The Tutorial (n.d.) suggests that the researcher makes observations in regards to the whether o... ... middle of paper ... ...terial is in-depth because it covers all different aspects of teenage preganancy from the risks to how to not become a statistic (Women’s Health Channel, n.d.). Works Cited Healthcommunities (n.d.). Healthcommunities. Retreived from http://www.healthcommunities.com/. Healthcommunities (n.d.). Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D. Retreived from http://www.healthcommunities.com/common/advisors/sswierzewski-md.shtml. Remedy Health Media (n.d.). Management Team. Retrieved from http://www.remedyhealthmedia.com/management-team.shtml. Health on the Net Foundation (n.d.). The HON Code of Conduct for medical and health Web sites (HONcode). Retreived from http://www.healthonnet.org/HONcode/Conduct.html. Women’s Health Channel (n.d.). Teen Pregnancy & Health Risks to the Baby. Retreived from http://www.womenshealthchannel.com/teen-pregnancy/baby-risks.shtml.
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