Web Site Evaluation Criteria
The existence of Holocaust denial web sites serves as an important reminder to think critically about information you find on the Web. Here are some points to consider:
Authority - Who is responsible for the content on the site? What are their credentials?
Reliability - What is the source of the information presented on the site? Is there documentation, so that the information presented can be verified? How did you find the site? Who links to the site, and where do links found on the site take you? Try typing the URL into a search engine - this can be a way to find out who links to the site, and what they're saying about it. Google's Advanced Search has an option to Find pages that link to the page. . . (NOTE: From the Google link, click on
Purpose/Point of View - Why was the site created? What information is provided, and to what purpose? How is the information presented? Observe how language and graphics may be used to educate, inform, persuade, or sell.
Currency - When was the site last updated? Are dates given for primary documents, or, if not, is an estimated time frame given, with an explanation as to why no precise date is available? Is the scholarship current?
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