Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Analyzing Websites (Due Week 5...scroll down for Wk 4 assignment on Commercials!)

On page 34 of Insight, you will find some guidelines to help you determine whether a website is a reliable and useful site for research. Some of the questions you should ask yourself are:

- Who posted the website?
- What is the subject matter of the website?
- When was the website last updated?
- Where does the owner/creator of the website come from?
- Why was this website created?
- How is the website supported and arranged?

Below is a list of links to various websites that are hoax sites or sites set up as a front organization. Analyze them carefully to explain in class how to detect that they are not reliable sources. Choose one and explain in a blogpost the features that indicate the site is not reliable. You will find that some of them are very sophisticated, making it more and more difficult to determine reliable and unreliable sources.

Public Water Supply
The Truth About Belgium
Friends of Science (read this after looking at the site)
Dog Island
Clones R Us
Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division

Your reading this week was about Wikipedia. If you would like to see an example of how changes are made in wikipedia, watch a few minutes of this video about the "Heavy Metal Umlaut"

Go to the English Wikipedia site and answer the following questions:

1.How many English articles are in Wikipedia today?
2. How many languages have a version of Wikipedia today?
3. Look up a controversial topic (such as Abortion Debate) and see how Wikipedia deals with it.
4. Look up a topic related to your program that is very current such as the Bombardier C-Series . How does Wikipedia treat it?
5. Click on "History" for one of the articles. When was this article last updated?

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