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13. Evaluating Web Sites: Clues to thoroughness

Figuring out whether a site is suitable for your purpose also means looking at how thoroughly it covers your topic. You can do that only relative to other sites on the same topic.

Click for clues about thoroughness:

  1. Click around the site to get some idea of how thoroughly it covers the topic.
  2. Use this technique with Google to find other sites on the same topic: In the search box, enter:
    • related:[the URL of the site you know]     (Ex: related:liblearn.osu.edu)
    • Then quickly browse multiple sites Google turns up and compare how they cover your topic with how the one you are evaluating covers it. Do other sites cover aspects of the topic that are missing from the site you are evaluating? Or does your site stack up pretty well against the competition?
Make the inference: Consider the clues. Then decide the extent to which the site's thoroughness is acceptable for your purpose. It might help to grade the extent to which this factor contributes to the site being a suitable on a scale like this one:

You'll want to make a note of the web site's grade for thoroughness so you can combine it later with the grades you give the other factors.



Try this activity to see if you can find related web sites.


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