Evaluating Websites


You might think domain names show a lot about
the validity of a site, like .edu or .org being educational or more valid
than a .com site, which might be aimed at
advertising. But that validity only goes so far. Some
organizations can be totally biased. Let’s look at these two .org sites about Dr
Martin Luther King Junior. One is founded by Dr King’s widow, who might
have some bias, but the digital archives of this site are built by a
team of over 100 individuals and organizations
whose names and roles are provided. This site also has a mission statement and
contact information readily available from the
homepage, as well as copyright information, latest news,
and a date. There is a lot of information here, and it’s well organized and structured to appeal to an academic and intellectual audience. This other site is hosted by Stormfront, which is
a White Nationalist organization, with the motto “White Pride World Wide”, which
suggests some bias. Their site has no contact information, no
copyright license, and no date. The rap lyrics, pop quiz, and flyers suggest the target audience for this page is probably grade school students. Their site has no contact information, no
copyright license, and no date. When you’re looking for web resources, check
the Yearbook of International Organizations, at
uia.be/yearbook This site offers scientific and balanced
information on organizations, descriptions and cross-references, the activities
of international organizations worldwide, and
more. Always ask yourself if a site is BAD (Biased,
Anonymous, or Dated) Just like any other well-written or researched
source, information provided on web resources
should be cited in footnotes or links, and sites that regulate language and information
posted in forums or social media posts are often
more trustworthy than those that don’t. Remember, question everything, trust no one,
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