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EVALUATING SOURCES EXERCISE Names: Go to the following websites and evaluate each one answering the following questions. (Copy and paste the URL in a browser) Links: 1. http://www.alexchiu.com/ 2. http://www.hss.edu/conditions_14655.asp? refName=Rheumatoid+Arthritis&refUrl=conditions_9357.asp

Link 1

Link 2

WHO?

WHO?

* Is there an author identified? No because rational wiki says he isn’t what he claims to be and he is false.

* Is there an author identified? Yes, it is a doctor and his name appears in other sources.

* What makes him or her an expert? Nothing, he just claims to be one but people could never take him seriously

* What makes him or her an expert? He is a Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

* Is the author with a reputable organization? No, he isn’t even in any organization.

* Is the author with a reputable organization? Yes he is in a hospital.

* Can you verify the credentials or contact information? No, there isn’t any links about him, only one link that sends us to the same page.

* Can you verify the credentials or contact information? Yes you can verify in the home page.

WHAT?

WHAT?

* Is the site intended for a particular * Is the site intended for a particular audience? Which one is it? None, it just audience? Which one is it? Yes, for says that anyone can buy it and it patients that have rheumatoid arthritis. would work.


* What's the point of providing the information? He is just trying to sell a product. * If there is an issue, are both sides presented? No, there is only Alex Chius point of view, not from the buyers that weren’t satisfied. * Does it provide general or comprehensive information? No, it has only information about how to buy the product and it tells us how he understands, it doesn’t tell us how he understands or how it even works.

* What's the point of providing the information? To give information about other people diseases. * If there is an issue, are both sides presented? Yes, there is even their discussion written in the page. * Does it provide general or comprehensive information? It is comprehensive because it explains the rheumatoid arthritis.

WHY?

WHY?

* Is the information biased or does it push a specific perspective? It just says Alex point of view, about how good it is and that we need to buy it.

* Is the information biased or does it push a specific perspective? No, the other doctor is like demonstrating the other perspective.

* Does the site contain advertising? Yes, it’s practically full of advertisement, only about the product.

* Does the site contain advertising? No, it’s just information. * If there are ads, is there a conflict of interest between them and the content? There are no ads for this page.

* If there are ads, is there a conflict of interest between them and the content? Yes there are ads and they would just send us to other products

WHEN?

WHEN?

* Is it clear when the information was published? No it not clear, it only says from when he has been selling them.

* Is it clear when the information was published? Yes it’s at the bottom page


* When was it last updated? It doesn’t says when not even when it was published * If there are links to other websites, do they work? They are dead links, and will send you to another things like youtube videos.

* When was it last updated? It was updated in 2001 so its old. * If there are links to other websites, do they work? Yes it has links but they will take you to the home page or privacy and policy.

HOW?

HOW?

* Is the site easy to navigate? No it isn’t because it is full of links and it is really unorganized.

* Is the site easy to navigate? Yes it organized

* Are there obvious signs of errors or typos? Yes, there are misspelled words and there is absence of periods. * Can factual information be verified using other sources? No, it is only in this source.

* Are there obvious signs of errors or typos? No, I didn’t find any. * Can factual information be verified using other sources? Yes if we search for other sources the information will be kind of the same.

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