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Website Evaluation : 

Website Evaluation The CARRDSS Approach

Using CARRDSS to Evaluate : 

Using CARRDSS to Evaluate Credibility Accuracy Relevance Reliability Date Scope Sources

Credibility : 

Credibility Credentials Check Author: Education, Experience, Training Counselling Resource Organization: Mission or Purpose Healthy Minds The author and publisher can speak with authority about the topic. About this site link

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Credibility Link Check Reputation of the site Depression.com (link check) Mayoclinic.com (link check) What types of sites link to this one? The author and publisher can speak with authority about the topic. Link Check

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Credibility Search a Trusted Source Information already checked by others: ipl2 About.com Sweet Search Answers.com LRC Databases The author and publisher can speak with authority about the topic. Pre-evaluated sites

Accuracy : 

Accuracy Grammar / Spelling Errors/Broken Links Scan for mistakes Check the Links to see if they work No mistakes or errors in grammar, spelling or the facts. Scan for errors

Accuracy : 

Accuracy Accurate Information What have you already read? What defies common sense? Example 1: The History of the Development of AIDS Snopes.com No mistakes or errors in grammar, spelling or the facts. Use common sense

Accuracy : 

Accuracy Accurate Information What defies common sense? Example 2: Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives Do Guns Save Lives? No mistakes or errors in grammar, spelling or the facts. Triangulation

Reliability : 

Reliability Domain extension Only government or schools can get these: .edu = educational institution .gov = government site Anyone can get these: .com = commercial .org = organization Information is trustworthy and without bias. Check the domain

Reliability : 

Reliability Purpose of the site Inform sell persuade entertain Information is trustworthy and without bias. About this site link, Triangulation, Language Panic

Reliability : 

Reliability Bias and balance Language, documentation, points of view Abortion (Bias) Abortion (Bias) Abortion (Balanced) Information is trustworthy and without bias. Language Panic

Relevance : 

Relevance Relevance to your topic Does it address your research questions? Does it give you new information? The information helps to answer your research question(s). Research Question, Site search

Relevance : 

Relevance Amount of useful information Is there a fact or a paragraph? The information helps to answer your research question(s). Research Question, Site search

Date : 

Date Do you need current information? History, Literature (15 years) OR Social issues, Science (5 years) The web page or site has up to date information. Your topic

Date : 

Date Last updated or created Header/Footer, Byline Example: H1N1 Article Copyright,©, last updated, created Example: Eating Disorders The web page or site has up to date information. Scan for a date

Sources Behind the Text : 

Sources Behind the Text Relevant bibliography and hyperlinks Bibliographies (sources, references) Example: Youth and Underage Drinking The information is based on well documented, quality sources. Scan for sources

Sources Behind the Text : 

Sources Behind the Text Relevant bibliography and hyperlinks Sources mentioned in the writing Example: Amer. Exp.: MacArthur The information is based on well documented, quality sources. Scan for sources

Sources Behind the Text : 

Sources Behind the Text Relevant bibliography and hyperlinks Hyperlinks (check them out) Example: Who is Poor? The information is based on well documented, quality sources. Scan for sources, Check hyperlinks

Scope : 

Scope Coverage (Depth vs. Breadth) Narrow/Broad focus, Broad/Shallow focus Audience (Scholarly vs. Popular) Professors vs. People Magazine Example #1: Steroids Example #2: Steroids Example #3: Steroids The audience and purpose for the publishing of the information. About this site link, Readability, Research question, Site search

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