"Websites You Can Trust"!
So...I am doing a follow up instruction session for an English 102 course. I am supposed to concentrate on website evaluation. All right, I can do that; I know how to evaluate a website (currency, authority, objectivity, etc.), but how do I find some websites to evaluate? I supposed I could Google a bunch of things and find some examples, but I am currently doing work for three classes and have a job. I need a little help! I asked one of my supervisors today (a Dominican University librarian) for advice. "Are there websites you show your classes?" I asked. That's when I found out about the Librarians' Internet Index!
The Librarians' Internet Index "is a publicly-funded website and weekly newsletter serving California, Washington state, the nation, and the world." (About LII) The home page of LII is organized by fourteen subjects:
Arts and Humanities, Business, Computers, Government, Health, Home and Housing, Law, Media, People, Recreation, Reference, Regional, Science, and Society and Social Science.
The home page also includes a "Featured Site" section (currently, it is "Tiramisu: Heaven in Your Mouth"--life isn't all work), an "Announcements" area, and an RSS feed. Each website has a review entry. Here is the entry for the Tiramisu site:
"A mature, comprehensive site offering exhaustive information about this Italian dessert. Recipes include classic versions as well as dozens of variations on a theme, including low-fat, eggless, and other embellishments. Readers may submit recipes, rate versions of tiramisu from their local restaurants, and contribute thoughts to a guest book. Maintained by a knowledgeable hobbyist; many recipes personally verified by lii.org leadership." (Tiramisu Entry)
Pretty well rounded, huh? You should see the review for websites about History, Science, etc.
(On the Dominican's Rebecca Crown Library Website, people can find LII by clicking on "Library Information", then "Search Engines, Subject Directories, Evaluation Sources". It is under the subject directories list)