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Task 1: Web resource evaluation criteria.

Posted by arlekeno on August 23, 2010

This was a table I used to compare the 2 web criteria to the module notes. Essay is about to be handed in.. Freedom! (for a month or so).

Here are the websites to the two checklists I used. The University of Southermn Maine Library web resource evaluation checklist and David Warlick’s Goal based evaluation.
I found them both at and compared them to other criteria such as
Module notes USM Meridian
Did you link to this site from a site you trust?
Authority: Is the information reliable.
• Is the author a well-regarded name you recognize? Are you led to additional information about the author? Authors credential and affiliation Author of website
• Is it clear what organization is sponsoring the page? Does the resource have a reputable organization or expert behind it? Publishing organisation
• Is there is a link to the sponsoring org a n i z a t i o n ’s Web site?
• Is the page actually an ad disguised as information? Check for organizational or author biases. Does the author or organisation give authority to the website or help your assignment.
Citations Are the sources of information stated? Can you verify the information?
Does the online document contain a biography and
an email address? Can the author be contacted for clarification?
Dates Date of publishing
Dates How frequently is the resource updated? Date of last revision. How does date of last revision help you?
• Site follows good graphic design principles
• Screen displays uncluttered and concise
• Captions, labels, or legends for all visuals
• Legible text and print size appropriate for the intended audience
• Graphics and art functional, not merely decorative
• Information presented through text, motion, still images, and sound
• Information presented in a manner to stimulate imagination and curiosity
• Product advertising not intrusive.
What is the quality of the graphical images? Do these images enhance the resource or distract from the content? Information format. / How does this format help you achieve goals?
Is the material at this site useful, unique, and accurate or is it derivative, repetitious, or doubtful?
Is the information available in other formats?
Is the purpose of the resource clearly stated? Does it fulfill its purpose?
What items are included in the resource? What subject area, time period, formats or types of material are covered?
Is the information factual or opinion?
Does the site contain original information or simply links?
Does the site have clear and obvious pointers to new content?
Ready access to site; site not overloaded Is the information easy to get to? How many links does it take to get to something useful?
Is the target audience or intended users clearly indicated?
Inlinks (links that take you to locations within the original site) that allow easy navigation throughout the site Is the arrangement of links uncluttered?
Does the site have its own search engine?
Intuitive icons, menus, and directional symbols that foster independent use
Is the site easily browsable or searchable?
Is the site available on a consistent basis?
Images load within reasonable timeframe
Efficiency Is response time fast?
Does the site have a text-based alternative?
How many links lead to a dead-end?
Is this a fee-based site? Can non-members still have access to part of the site?
Must you register a name and password before using the site?
Standard multimedia formats+
Logical options for printing/downloading all or selected text and graphics.
educational criteria


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