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025.0 Comparing Internet Search Engines Conference paper (January 1999) which explores the databases behind the major Web search engines in terms of the size and scope, the overlap between them, and their change over time. Search engines such as AltaVista, Hotbot, Northern Light, Excite, and Infoseek each rely on their own spider-generated database of millions of fully indexed Web pages, but these are still just a portion of what is available on the Web. This paper identifies some of their unusual behaviour and other peculiarities, to help the information professional to understand the scope, limitations and overlap of these vast databases of Web pages.

025.0 EDNER: Formative Evaluation of the DNER Project established to evaluate the Distributed National Electronic Resource (DNER) with a view to aiding and advising the development of the JISC Information Environment as well as the formative evaluation of the 5/99 Development Programme and its constituent projects. Outlines phases designed to consider the impact of the JISC IE on teaching and learning and cross project activity. Issues papers are also presented, addressing how students learn and search, and aspects of Web accessibility.

025.0 Evaluating Information Found on the Internet Document which outlines basic criteria for evaluating all forms of information, and how they apply to the Internet. It summarises a variety of ways of looking for significant information about an Internet resource, notably its authorship, publishing body, point of view or bias, referral to other sources, verifiability and currency.

025.0 Evaluating Internet Resources Concise checklist for evaluating Internet resources.

025.5 Evaluating Web Pages

025.0 Evaluation of Information Sources A set of pointers to criteria for evaluating information resources, particularly those on the Internet. It is intended to be particularly useful to librarians and others who are selecting sites to include in an information resource guide, or informing users as to the qualities they should use in evaluating Internet information.

025.0 Internet Detective An interactive tutorial about evaluating the quality of Internet resources. Registration required.

025.0 Library Terms That Users Understand Considers terminology typically understood by users in order to inform Web developers of the most appropriate labels to use when designing a library Web resource. Usability testing has shown, for example, that ‘Find Articles’ is a more successful label than ‘Library Catalogue’ when inviting patrons to search for material. A list of best practices in the area is presented.

025.0 Quality Information Checklist Resource facilitating the evaluation of Internet pages, to determine which information is useful and of high quality. Provides a checklist of key features to consider when assessing Internet material, and a quiz to test the success with which individuals can identify valuable sources of information.

025.04 Search Engine Watch Regularly updated reviews of Internet search engines and reports on new developments. It also provides guidance for Web searchers and for those who want to make sure their own Web pages are well indexed.

025.0 Testing the Surf: Criteria for Evaluating Internet Information Resources From The Public-Access Computer Systems Review 8, Number 3. Article surveys criteria that have been published on the Web and in print literature and proposes a set of criteria (a toolbox) that can be used by librarians and users to evaluate Internet information sources.

025.0 Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources A checklist of some basic points to consider when using Web resources. Headings include content and evaluation, source and date, and structure. Also offers additional points to consider regarding Web sites for subject disciplines.

025.0 TILT: Texas Information Literacy Tutorial An interactive tutorial comprising three modules designed to introduce the user to online research methods, with a view to improving their information retrieval skills. The first section focuses on selecting the most appropriate sources depending on the user’s research interests, the second concentrates on the search process itself, and the final module considers how best to assess the credibility and usefulness of material retrieved.

025.0 Web4Lib Electronic Discussion A discussion list for issues relating to the creation and management of library-based Web servers and clients. There is a message archive as well as information about the list purpose, audience, posting policy and commands.

025.0 WWW Virtual Library: Information Quality Online resources relevant for evaluation, development and administration of high quality factual and scholarly networked information systems.

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