Finding the Author: Determining Authority
What is a URL? What are the parts of a URL?
There are currently 6 common file extensions. We know that one of them is .org What are the five others?
Seven other extensions are in the process of being added. Any Ideas?
1. Before you even click on a link, begin by looking at URL. You may be able to identify an organization or author from the domain name. At the very least you can identify the type of site by looking at the file extension. Use the information you find in the URL, as a starting point for tracking who wrote the website.
2. Click on the link. Begin your search by looking at the top of the page. Organizations often put their name/logo in the top left hand corner or in the title. Do you know anything about the organization or can you deduce anything about their reputation? Authors are often listed at the top or bottom of the page. Look specifically for titles such as Professor of History, NCAA basketball coach, 3rd grader at Duke School. Look for any details on their education and/or experience.
3. Look for any links such as “About Us,” “Team Members,” or “Who we Are.” Try Using the search box on the site if you have a name but no info.
4. Try backing up your cursor to get to different parts of the site to look for info.
If the domain extension is .edu, is there a ~ indicating a personal site. If so, use this to help you find the author.
5. Whether you are judging the authority of a person or an organization, keep in mind that their authority has to be relevant to the topic.
6. If you cannot find an author or an organization, go back to the URL.
What does the domain name tell you about the purpose of the site? Does it offer any insight into who the organization or author is?
Put Your Knowledge to Work.
Assignment #1: On worksheet, write the title of the site. Gather information on authority (who?). Include any info you can find on domain, organization and author. Provide details that support their authority. Use your notes on evaluating information sources to guide your work.
- Arctic Wolves and Their Prey http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/arctic-zone/essay_mech.html
- Quick Facts on Wolves http://public.callutheran.edu/~nuritis/howl/quickfacts.html
- Arctic Wolves http://www.cosmosmith.com/arctic_wolves.html
- Volcano World http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/
- Dihydrogen Monoxide http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html
A New Challenge:
Burmese Mountain Dog Club http://burmesemountaindog.info -
Research on Abraham Lincoln http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln77.html
Assignment #2 Evaluate both authority and purpose. Include evidence. Rank the information source as excellent, food or mediocre.
Teen Smoking: 10 ways to keep teens smoke free
The Effects of Smoking on Teens https://vapingdaily.com/smoking-effects/young-adults/
20 Facts About Smoking: a decision making process for kids
Brains of Teens that Smoke Show Early Signs of Addiction
Links to Sites on Quiz
- Research on Abraham Lincoln http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln77.html
- 10 Reasons to Avoid GMO's
Topic Organic Food and Pesticides