English 11

Website Evaluation
The following webpages come up in a Google search of the student research topic. Your job is to examine each site and determine the credibility of the information on each webpage. Ask yourself, “Would this be a good source for a research paper on this topic? Why or why not?” Consider the criteria below to guide your search.

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Research Topic 1: Animal Testing (Specifically, whether it should be kept legal).


ü Find out the context of the piece of writing—when was it written? For what purpose? For what audience?

Website #1: http://www.peta.org/ActionCenter/testing.asp

Website #2: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/48995/ animal_testing_unnecessary_cruelty.html

Website #3

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Find out any information you can about the author.
  • What might be his/her bias?
  • Is the author credible on the subject?
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Skim the article and identify what the author’s argument is. (Look for structural clues—titles, headings, paragraphs, groupings, bold-faced words, etc.—which often signal the author’s main points and/or key concepts.)
  • Are the supporting details valid and logical? Are they opinion-based or fact-based?
  • Is the opposing view addressed sufficiently and rationally?
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Of these three sources, determine which site would be the BEST to cite in an academic research paper? Why? Defend your rationale. Refer to the criteria above.


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Website Evaluation

The following webpages come up in a Google search of the student research topic. Your job is to examine each site and determine the credibility of the information on each webpage. Ask yourself, “Would this be a good source for a research paper on this topic? Why or why not?” Consider the criteria below to guide your search.

Research Topic 2: Abortion (Specifically, it should not be legal).


Find out the context of the piece of writing—when was it written? For what purpose? For what audience?

Website #1:

http://www.catholic.com/library/Abortion.asp

Website #2:

http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/surgery/abortion/overview.html

Website #3: http://www.abortionessay.com/files/essay2.html


Find out any information you can about the author.
  • What might be his/her bias?
  • Is the author credible on the subject?
Website #1:
Website #2:
Website #3:




Skim the article and identify what the author’s argument is. (Look for structural clues—titles, headings, paragraphs, groupings, bold-faced words, etc.—which often signal the author’s main points and/or key concepts.)
  • Are the supporting details valid and logical? Are they opinion-based or fact-based?
  • Is the opposing view addressed sufficiently and rationally?

Website #1:
Website #2:
Website #3:




Of these three sources, determine which site would be the BEST to cite in an academic research paper? Why? Defend your rationale. Refer to the criteria above.


With your assigned partner, take turns showing him/her the websites you investigated and discussing why you liked/didn’t like each one.

What criteria did you use to make your choice? What makes a credible web source for a research paper?


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