Finding Information on the Web II
Oct. 6, 2003
The purpose of this lab is to sensitize you to the issues of the uses of
information. Virtually anyone can publish on the Internet and get their
pages indexed by a search engine. Not everything you find is worthwhile
--- you should be critical of everything you see. Ask yourself: Does the
author/sponsor of this site have a hidden agenda? Are they trying to get
me to think a certain way? Are they selling to me? Do they know what
they're talking about, or are they merely trying to pass themselves off as
an expert? Is the information fresh or is it stale?
- Break into medium-sized groups: 4--6. Choose someone to lead the
discussion and someone else to record the results of the discussion.
- First, discuss the ``hidden agendas'' of Internet publishers. What
categories of motivation exist? A few ideas to get you started:
sales/marketing, propaganda, and fame. Expand these and develop your own
- Develop a list of ``other'' issues to be aware of. For example, how
recent the information is and whether or not you can even determine who
- As a group, brainstorm strategies for attacking the issues you
identified in the previous two steps.
- Develop your set of strategies into a unified strategy that you can
apply to online information. You might want to throw out some of your
strategies, rank the remaining ones, and develop a checklist. Or, you may
have a better idea; use it!
- Compare your group's evaluation strategy against the strategies
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet
Evaluating Internet Resources
Thomas P. Kelliher
Mon Oct 6 11:20:33 EDT 2003