Information Today!

Information Today! 

Follow the underlined links to complete each section. 
Remember, you won't always find the information on the first page that you come to. 
Each link will open in a new tab.     

Web addresses are important!

    
The unique web address of a website is called a URL or Uniform Resource Locator.

The Top Level Domain (TLD) is the last part of  a URL.  What is the meaning of:
                    .com?  _________________   .edu?  _________________
                    .gov?   _________________   .net?   _________________
                    .org?  _________________     .mil?   _________________

What can the TLD tell you about a website?

______________________________________________________________________________

 
What is the URL for the Henry County Public Schools Website?

______________________________________________________________________________

Sometimes it is difficult to decide if the information online is good or bad.  As you are researching a topic, or just looking up information, you will need to evaluate each website you use to see if it is a reliable source of information. The CRAAP test is one way to evaluate a website.   

 

 Currency ~ Is the information up to date? 
 

 1.  http://www.over-land.com/otrail.html  
When was the last time this website was updated? _______________________________________________

Explain why is that good or bad.
_______________________________________________

2.  http://www.usatoday.com/  

When was the last time this website was updated? _______________________________________________

Explain why is that good or bad.
_______________________________________________

Relevance ~ Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
Pretend you are writing a paper about robots used in manufacturing. 

1.   https://www.manufacturingtomorrow.com/article/2016/07/robots-in-manufacturing-applications/8333

Does the information apply to your topic? _____________________
Can you determine in intended audience?  ________________
Is the information at an appropriate level? _________________
If you were researching about robots used in manufacturing, would this site be appropriate?
_______________________________________________

2.    http://www.northlinerobotworld.com/about/blog/How-Have-Robots-Changed-Manufacturing_AE11.html 
Does the information apply to your topic? _____________________
Can you determine in intended audience?  ________________
Is the information at an appropriate level? _________________
If you were researching about robots used in manufacturing, would this site be appropriate?
_______________________________________________

 

AuthorityDoes the website authors, or the institution responsible for the information, have the knowledge and qualifications to give the information?

1.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/first-ladies/claudia-alta-taylor-lady-bird-johnson/   

Who is the author or organization giving the information?  _______________________________________________
Are they an expert on this topic?  How do you know?
_______________________________________________

2.  http://learningtogive.org/papers/paper270.html

Who is the author or organization giving the information?  _______________________________________________
Are they an expert on this topic?  How do you know?
_______________________________________________

Accuracy ~ It is your responsibility to see if the information on a webpage is correct. 
Both of the Following web pages give information about Christopher Columbus.

1. http://allaboutexplorers.com/explorers/columbus 

Does this site give accurate (factual) information, or inaccurate (false) information?  _______________________________________________
How do you know?
_______________________________________________

2.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/columbus_christopher.shtml  
Does this site give accurate (factual) information, or inaccurate (false) information?  _______________________________________________
How do you know?
_______________________________________________

Purpose ~ What is the reason the information exists? 

1.  http://www.ivu.org/    
Can you tell if the author is trying to influence your opinion about something? ________  If yes - what? ________________________
Does the page give objective (unbiased) information, or subjective (biased) information?  ____________      How do you know? ______________

______________________________________________

2. http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/  
Can you tell if the author is trying to influence your opinion about something? ________  If yes - what? ________________________
Does the page give objective (unbiased) information, or subjective (biased) information?  ____________      How do you know? ______________

______________________________________________


Please use the CRAAP test worksheets from Ms. Johnson to evaluate
each of the following sites.