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A presentation created for the
Border Regional Library Association Annual Workshop,
Saturday, September 25, 1999
Central Library, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
by Susan E. Beck
New Mexico State University Library

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What's the point?

Why Evaluate? Is it necessary?
Information is just information, right?

Exhibit One
Exhibit Two
Exhibit Three
Exhibit Four
Exhibit Five

How to Evaluate

What criteria should we use? Which characteristics should we look at?

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, or, Why It's Important to Evaluate Web Sources by Susan E. Beck
Evaluating Web Resources by Jan Alexander & Marsha Tate
Evaluating World Wide Web Information by Ann Scholz-Crane
Government Resources on the Internet: Verification in Information by Cindy Pitchon & Genie Tyburski
Web Page Evaluation Worksheet by Dr. Nancy Everhart

Want More?

Check out Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources by Nicole Auer

Watchdog Sites

Electronic Scams, Ripoffs & Quackery

Internet Fraud Watch
E-Commerce & The Internet
Internet Scambusters

Computer Hoaxes & Virus Myths

Computer Virus Myths
Computer Incident Advisory Capability: Internet Hoaxes

Urban Legends, Paranoia & Conspiracy

Urban Legends Reference Pages
Urban Legends & Folklore
Blackops--Encyclopedia of Conspiracy Theories
The AFU & Urban Legends Archive
The Skeptical Inquirer

Media Watchdogs

Fairness & Accuracy in the Media
Media Research Center: Newsletters & Reports


Never suspend disbelief
Always check a web page for:
Remember the adage,
"If it looks too good to be true, it probably is..."
Don't forget to look at watchdog sites
for guidance with hoaxes, scams, potential urban legends and conspiracies

Susan E. Beck
Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Services Department
New Mexico State University Library