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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
http://lib.nmsu.edu/staff/susabeck/eval.html
Evaluating Web Resources by Jan Alexander & Marsha Tate
http://www2.widener.edu/Wolfgram-Memorial-Library/webeval.htm
Evaluating World Wide Web Information by Ann Scholz-Crane
http://crab.rutgers.edu/~scholzcr/eval.html
Government Resources on the Internet: Verification in Information by Cindy Pitchon & Genie Tyburski
http://www.virtualchase.com/govdoc/verify.shtml
Web Page Evaluation Worksheet by Dr. Nancy Everhart
http://www.duke.edu/~de1/evaluate.html

Want More?

Check out Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources by Nicole Auer
       at  http://www.lib.vt.edu/research/libinst/evalbiblio.html

Watchdog Sites

Electronic Scams, Ripoffs & Quackery

Internet Fraud Watch
http://www.fraud.org/internet/inttip/inttip.htm
E-Commerce & The Internet
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menu-internet.htm
Internet Scambusters
http://www.scambusters.org/
Quackwatch
http://www.quackwatch.com/index.html

Computer Hoaxes & Virus Myths

Computer Virus Myths
http://kumite.com/myths/
Computer Incident Advisory Capability: Internet Hoaxes
http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html

Urban Legends, Paranoia & Conspiracy

Urban Legends Reference Pages
http://www.snopes.com
Urban Legends & Folklore
http://urbanlegends.about.com/
Blackops--Encyclopedia of Conspiracy Theories
http://www.cruzio.com/~blackops/
The AFU & Urban Legends Archive
http://www.urbanlegends.com/
The Skeptical Inquirer
http://www.csicop.org/si/

Media Watchdogs

Fairness & Accuracy in the Media
http://www.fair.org
Media Research Center: Newsletters & Reports
http://www.mrc.org/specialreports/welcome.html

Recommendations

Never suspend disbelief
Always check a web page for:
Objectivity
Accuracy
Authority
Purpose
Currency
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



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