Evaluating Web Resources
- Auer, Nicole. Bibliography
on Evaluating Internet Resources. (Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University, 13 April 1999).
a large range of publications both online and print concerned with
the selection and evaluation of Web resources from about 1995 to the
present. Material mainly published in the US with significant
proportions dedicated to both student/teacher-evaluation of
resources and to library-evaluated resources.
- Smith, Alastair. "Evaluation
of Information Sources" in Information Quality WWW
Virtual Library (The World-Wide Web Virtual Library, 8 July
This set of lightly
annotated links is intended for librarians and others who have the
responsibility of putting together resource guides. Includes a
section pointing to selection criteria published by existing
libraries, gateways, and guides.
- Hofman, Paul & Emma Worsfold. Selection
Criteria for Quality Controlled Information Gateways.
(DESIRE Project, May 1997).
mainly at information professionals this is a detailed report
published by the DESIRE Project which describes the methods and
tools used within subject-based information gateways to maintain
quality control. Examples are drawn mainly from the eLib-funded
subject gateways (e.g. ADAM, SOSIG) together with a few other
European gateways. Other examples include commercial Internet
Example sets of criteria
Selection Criteria for Subject Gateways. (DESIRE Project,
The EU-funded DESIRE
Project has published a report and comprehensive list of selection
criteria for evaluating Web resources for inclusion in a
subject-based information gateway. The selection criteria is long
and is divided into five sections including criteria for evaluating
content, medium and the system supporting the resource. It is worth
having a look at the criteria for evaluating the content and
reflecting on the differences between the criteria suggested here
and the criteria you might use for evaluating the content of a
of Library Resources" in Collection Development
Training for Arizona Public Libraries (Arizona Department of
Library, Archives and Public Records, 1997).
its apparent local angle this site provides a useful guide to
developing a library. In particular, the page referenced here
provides a comparison of and commentary on a wide range of criteria
for evaluating different types of resources - books, audiovisual,
electronic and internet.
Tutorials and supporting material
Detectve: an interactive tutorial on evaluating the quality of
Internet resources. (Desire Project, 1998)
Internet Detective has been produced as part of the EU-funded DESIRE
Project. The tutorial might be suitable for use as part of a general
undergrauate course on finding and evaluating Internet resources for
academic study. Users need to register to use this tutorial
(registration is free).
- Alexander, Jan and Marsha Ann Tate. Evaluating
Web Resources. (Widener University: Wolfgram Memorial
Library, 24 June 1999).
many library-based modules for assisting students with the
evaluation of Web resources. This particular site is of interest
because the authors have recently published a related book, Web
Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web
(Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999). The site includes PowerPoint
presentations and Web-based examples.