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In this assignment, you will review an Internet source and evaluate the information you find for validity and reliability. Due to the large amount of information available on the Internet, some of which is inaccurate or biased, it is imperative that you use your critical thinking skills to determine which information is right or true.

Objectives:

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  • Research topics using the Internet and library; evaluate Internet sources.
  • Explain and illustrate the steps in writing a research paper.

Instructions:

  • Choose a website to evaluate what you might consider using for research purposes and evaluate it using the following resources from Chapter 20 in your textbook:
    • 20-16f: Evaluation Checklist
    • 20-17: Sample Evaluations

20-16f

Evaluation Checklist

Part 1. What is the URL of the website that you’ll be evaluating? (5 points)

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Use this checklist to assess the reliability of web sources. The more items you check off, the more reliable the source is.

Part 2. Put an “X” in the space besides the statements that are true about the page that you’re evaluating. If it does not meet the requirement, simply leave the space blank. (10 points)

Assignment Restrictions

___ 1. Does the source fit with the type and number allowed in the assignment?

Author/Organization

___ 2. Is the person or organization behind the site reliable?

___ 3. Is contact information for the person or organization provided?

___ 4. Is the site well known and well connected in the field?

___ 5. Does the site have a clear “About Us” page and mission statement?

Balance or Bias

___ 6. Is the material on the site balanced and unbiased?

___ 7. Does the site avoid unfair and inflammatory language?

___ 8. Does the site avoid pushing a particular product, cause, service, or belief?

___ 9. Does the site provide ample support for its claims?

___ 10. Does the site avoid logical fallacies and twisted statistics? (See Identifying Logical Fallacies.)

Quality of Information

___ 11. Is the material current?

___ 12. Is the Web site often updated?

___ 13. Is the Web site information-rich?

___ 14. Is the information backed up by other reputable print and online sources?

Quality of Writing and Design

___ 15. Is the text free of errors in punctuation, spelling, and grammar?

___ 16. Is the site effectively and clearly designed?

Part 3. For the last part of this assignment, write your conclusions based on your evaluation checklist in the same format as the sample evaluation 20-17 in your book. (15 points)

Assignment Restrictions

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Author/Organization

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Balance or Bias

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Quality of Information

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Quality of Writing and Design

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