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Industrial Engineering Technology: Evaluate

The Industrial Engineering Technology curriculum prepares graduates to perform as technical leaders in manufacturing and service organizations. The study and application of methods and techniques for developing & implementing integrated systems.

Evaluating a Website- What to Look For

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  •  Click on headline
  •  Check the source
  •  What's their angle?
  •  Is there an "about" page?
  •  Is there inflammatory language?
  •  Is the site overrun with ads?
  •  Is there an author? Do you know them?
  •  Are there supporting sources?
  • Check the date

                                                                      • Are there citations?

From ALA. (2021). “Media Literacy for Adults: Misinformation and Disinformation.” https://programminglibrarian.org/sites/default/files/media_literacy_for_adults_-_misinformation_and_disinformation_webinar_resources.pdf

Evaluation Description

All that Glitters is not Gold

How credible is that site? Check it out before you cite.

"I will lie to you. Don't believe anything you hear on The Neal Boortz Show, unless it is consistent with what you already know to be true, or unless you have taken the time to research the matter to prove its accuracy to your satisfaction."

Neal Boortz, Radio Talk show host. [Excellent recommendation for anything you see or hear on radio, television, newspapers, journals, books, etc]

Tree Octopus

Check out this website:

Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Would you cite this as a legitimate source for your paper? It may look like the information is accurate, but is it? Is it a clever (or malicious) hoax? Check it for accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage. Does it still hold up? Would you cite it in your paper? Would you give this charity money? (I wouldn't. Octopuses don't have any pockets!)


Remember, even though this is a funny (and harmless) website, false information abounds on the internet. Check your sources!

Evaluating Resources for Website or News Source

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  • Triangulate, verify, and fact check
  • Vertical and lateral reading
  • Check your own biases
  • Read outside your bubble
  • Know the difference between satire, propaganda, infotainment, opinion, and dog-whistling
  • Check Snopes, Politifacts, FastCheck.org, Know-your-Meme and other fact checking sources

From ALA. (2021). “Media Literacy for Adults: Misinformation and Disinformation.” https://programminglibrarian.org/sites/default/files/media_literacy_for_adults_-_misinformation_and_disinformation_webinar_resources.pdf