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Web Wisdom: How To Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web, Second Edition Paperback – November 17, 2009

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420073206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420073201
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Sometimes it seems like potluck whether a site you find on the Web can be trusted. To help students-and librarians-make judgments when using the Web for research, Alexander and Tate have constructed an in-depth curriculum for evaluating sites for quality, accuracy, and reliability. With plenty of labeled screen shots to illustrate their points, the authors tackle issues such as the balance of advertising and content in sites and analyzing personal Web pages. Two appendixes offer checklists and questions that evaluators can use to judge any site. The information and criteria presented are accurate and excellent, but the strict structure, length, and density of the book will make it rough going for many readers. Many excellent sites on the Web from respected institutions already survey the basics of site evaluation. Librarians and media specialists writing a Web-use curriculum or a "virtual" collection development policy, however, will find this book indispensable.-
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Readable and straightforward, this reference will be useful to undergraduates and graduates in any major.
CHOICE

Two Widener University reference librarians whose Web site has become a staple for librarians and educators teaching Web literacy classes have now published a nifty how-to-do-it guide in book form. This concise volume will probably become a fixture in journalism classes on how to create and evaluate Web sites. It also would be useful in classes on using the Web to research stories.
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

Librarians and media specialists writing a Web-use curriculum or a 'virtual' collection development policy...will find this book indispensable.
School Library Journal

The authors are to be congratulated for 'boiling down' this experience into a useful, and affordable, printed work that could be a recommended source for all who work in this area.
Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems

...the book is worth reading and is a useful complement to other texts in the field.
The Electronic Library

I would encourage anyone who uses the web, either for information or for promotion of their organization, understand the key elements of eveluation of web pages and web sites. This book is a wonderful resource and one that I will encourage other faculty, students, and members of my family to read.
Ashland Theological Journal

Web Wisdom is a comprehensive, logically organized, and highly useful guide for evaluating and creating high quality, reputable, informational Web pages. [It] makes ample use of Web page images, evaluative criteria checklists, and informative narrative explanations to make clear their approach and standards. A glossary of terms is also included which will be helpful to both newcomers and old hands alike.
Peter Milbury
In his review posted to LMULNET discussion group (12 July 1999)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The authors have done a great job of providing criteria, explanations and examples for web users who wish to evaluate information on the web. We all know there is a ton of stuff out there, much of it bad or biased. Now we know how to tell the wheat from the chaff. Individual web users will want to have the book handy when looking for consumer, health, business, or other kinds of data on the web. Teachers may want to require it as a text or supplemental reading in courses which involve web user. Students who include information found on the web in their research can use this guide to determine the quality, currency and objectivity of web sites. This book fills a gap in the literature. Nicely written. Easy to read. Great gift idea.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is an in-depth analysis of the factors that make a Website believable. The authors, two librarians, examine numerous aspects of Websites and point out how they can be used to evaluate sites as trustworthy sources of information or goods. They begin with 5 traditional evaluation criteria: authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and intended audience, and give examples of how these criteria apply to Websites. They also extend these criteria with evaluation measures that are specific to the medium. They then apply the evaluation criteria to different types of Websites: advocacy, business, informational, news, personal, and entertainment pages. This book is a must-have for libraries and researchers. It would also be very useful for serious Web designers who want to understand what kinds of design factors will bring credibility and respect to their Websites.
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Format: Paperback
The authors have done a great job of providing criteria, explanations and examples for web users who wish to evaluate information found on the web. We all know there is a ton of stuff out there, much of it bad or biased. Now we know how to tell the wheat from the chaff. Individual web users will want to have this book handy when looking for consumer, health, business or other kinds of data on the web. Teachers may want to require it as a text or supplemental reading in courses which involve web use. Students who include information found on the web in their research can use this guide to determine the quality, currency and objectivity of web sites. This book fills a gap in the literature. Nicely written. Easy to read. Great gift idea.
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Don't bother unless you are a newbee to web pages, to an experienced user this is kid's stuff. If you want to read something that will make you fall asleep, this is your baby. The book index is...... wait for it... 3 pages long. Nothing here to see. No software evaluation tools presented like whois, google, etc. Reads just like the teacher you hated because of repetition and filler. This was supposed to be the new, better, and refined 2nd edition. Unfortunately, a ZERO score is not an option.
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