Does the color scheme make it difficult to impossible for those with color-deficient vision impairments, or who have trouble discriminating certain color combinations to read the information at the site (examples of problematic text/backgrounds: dark gray on black, yellow on white, red on green)?
Design/Style Is the site pleasing or comfortable to look at, allowing your eyes to travel the page logically?
Unlike similar information found in newspapers or television broadcasts, information available on the Internet is not regulated for quality or accuracy; therefore, it is particularly important for the individual Internet user to evaluate the resource or information.
Keep in mind that almost anyone can publish anything they wish on the Web.
Think about the value and challenges of using Wikipedia.
Depending on the source, you may feel there is little or no reason to consciously assess the information, while other sites you will perform some type of assessment.Given the availability of inexpensive yet sophisticated web authoring tools, anyone can design a good looking site, but appearances are not necessarily indicative of the accuracy or timeliness of the information found on the site.What information is given so that you can determine who the owner is and what their experience is, the resources they used, etc., that will help you evaluate the content of their site?Is there an overwhelming use of the all the latest animated and streaming graphics, Flash and Java, to the point where it is distracting or slows your access to the information you are seeking?Site Owner/Author Who owns the site or is otherwise responsible for the content of the site.This information was adapted from a presentation made by library media specialists Ann B.O'Neill, Franklin High School, and Carrie Terry, Catonsville High School, Baltimore County Public Schools, at the Maryland Educational Media Organization (MEMO) Fall 1997 Conference "School Libraries: Plugged In & Connected," October 23-24, 1997.Use these websites to help your students identify fact and fiction.Keep in mind that even these websites should only be one of many sources of information.Finding information on the Internet is only one part of your research: assessing the quality and timeliness of that information is the other.Not only can it be a waste of time to read through a site and implement the information and suggestions found there, only to later find that they were inaccurate, but such sites may pose a health or safety problem if that information directly affects your health and safety or that of your family, pets, employees, co-workers, or clients. We may be looking for entertainment, or information on a specific subject, or just browsing, following interesting links as they come our way. Read Evaluating Information: An Information Literacy Challenge by Mary Ann Fitzgerald. Content that is likely to be challenged should contain multiple sources of evidence that have been carefully cited. How do you judge the quality of Internet resources? You should be able to check the material you find against other reliable sources. There's lots of good information on the Internet, but you will also find opinions, misconceptions, and inaccurate information. There are people who believe that we never walked on the moon and that the Holocaust never happened, so be careful when you read a web page. Look for what Wikipedia calls the "verifiability" of information.