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Information Literary Resources: Evaluating Web Resources

Evaluating Web Resources

Goal:

To improve your skills to identify and evaluate web resources in order to retrieve reliable and useful information for your research.

Search Engines

Google (http://www.google.com), Google Scholar (Beta) (http://scholar.google.com/), Google Japan (http://www.google.co.jp)

Japanese Domain List

co.jp (companies), go.jp (government), ac.jp (academic institutions. Schools not included.), ed.jp (schools - high school, kindergarten, etc), or.jp (organizations),

Five Criteria for Evaluating Web pages

  1. Accuracy
    • Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?
    • What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced?
    • Is this person qualified to write this document?
  2. Authority
    • Who published the document and is it separate from the "Webmaster?"
    • Check the domain of the document, what institution publishes this document?
    • Does the publisher list his or her qualifications?
  3. Objectivity
    • What goals/objectives does this page meet?
    • How detailed is the information?
    • What opinions (if any) are expressed by the author?
  4. Currency
    • When was it produced?
    • When was it updated?
    • How up-to-date are the links (if any)?
  5. Coverage
    • Are the links (if any) evaluated and do they complement the documents theme?
    • Is it all images or a balance of text and images?
    • Is the information presented cited correctly?

Examples

  1. Anime Research.com (http://www.animeresearch.com/index.html)
  2. The librarians guide to anime and manga. (http://www.koyagi.com/Libguide.html)

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北米日本研究資料調整協議会
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