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Martinez 1 Teresa Martinez Nancy Melucci Psychology 1 January 21, 2013 Validity of Information on the Web Critical analysis of the information we find on the internet is important because we may stumble upon untruthful, biased information. If we completely rely on the information we read on the web, we will become ignorant and easily manipulated. Anyone can write an article or publish a webpage on the internet. However, not everyone is qualified to write about particular topics. Evaluation of websites is useful not only with websites, but also with newspaper articles, magazines, and even textbooks. The first website i evaluated was www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml and i visited this site on March 30, 2009. The creator of the site is the National Institute of Mental Health which is a part of the National Institute of Health. The National Institute of Health is is component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I found the format of this website to be easily accessible and easy to navigate through. It was well organized and easy to read. The accuracy of the webpage is good. The web master has his email posted and is easy to contact. The page meets its purpose of informing the public. The author’s are listed. The author’s are all a part of groups that investigate and conduct research on mental disorders. The groups also report their findings to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The National Institute of Mental Health publishes the website. The webmaster is separate from the authors. All of the authors of the webpage are qualified to put this information on the website. They are all doctors


Martinez 2 and credited with their doctorates. The site domain is preferred as it is a government website. The objectivity of the website is evident in that the purpose of the site is to provide information and help for those interested or diagnosed with schizophrenia and other mental disorders. The site does not attempt to sell you anything and it does not advertise any product. The site is written for all interested in mental health and mental disorders. The information on the site is very detailed and there are links available for further information. The page does not express any opinions or beliefs. The web page is very current, however, the day it was created is not available. The page was last updated March 30, 2009. The citations on the page are present and everyone is accurately given credit for their work. All of the links on the webpage are kept up-todate and the format of the page is easy to read and navigate through. The information on the website is all free and the only software you may need to download is Adobe Reader, however that is only if you wish to view any document in PDF format. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone who needs any sort of information about schizophrenia. The website not only offers information about the disorder but also treatment centers and resources to get help for someone who is diagnosed or is showing symptoms of schizophrenia. From the site i learned a few things. First, i learned men develop symptoms of schizophrenia in their late teens. On the other hand. women develop symptoms in their 20s and 30s. A tough fact to accept is that antipsychotic medications can only relieve the symptoms of schizophrenia. The antipsychotic medications cannot cure schizophrenia. Another interesting piece of information i learned was that CATIE is a new study that is analyzing the efficiency of the antipsychotic medication perphenazine. The second website is wcr.ab.ca/news/2006/1127/mental112706.shtml and i visited the website on March 30, 2009. The creator of the website is the Western Catholic Reporter. I found


Martinez 3 the format of this page to be difficult to navigate through. The page is very unorganized. The only heading is the one of the title and there are no subheadings. The subheadings would have made it easier to find information without having to read through lengthy material. The webpage was written by Bill Glen, however no contact info is listed. The purpose of this website is to offer information about the mental disorder schizophrenia. However, the page fails to meet its goal. The page talks more about how pastors in the catholic church wish to help those with mental disorders, however they are short of information about the disorder. The author does not have any credentials and is not qualified to write about schizophrenia. The publisher of the page is the author and the domain comes from canada. The object of the page is to spread awareness of the disorder, however they attempt to persuade people into thinking those diagnosed with schizophrenia need to be closer to the church. The page does a better job of telling the reader that the pastors o the church want to help and they promote the use of antipsychotics more effectively than they promote awareness. There is very little information about the disorder. The author does not offer any opinions, rather he reports on the opinions of others. The page was produced November 27, 2006 and has not been updated since. There are no dead links and the info is still up-to-date. The page offers links to websites that offer more information about schizophrenia, however the author offers no evaluation of the link. The format of the page is a balance between images and text. There are no citations for the information presented. In order to view the page, one does not need special software and the information is all free. I would not recommend this site to a friend. The page is very biased and the information i given through the discussion of other people’s experiences. This is not a good site to get valid information. However, if one is looking for a support group, this may be a good site. This page is


Martinez 4 not helpful with learning about schizophrenia and someone diagnosed with schizophrenia would probably not be able to benefit from the page. The most offensive thing i found about the page, is that Bill Glen refers to people diagnosed with schizophrenia as “schizophrenics.” He is identifying these people not by their qualities, rather he identifies them by their disorder. He does not see the people, he sees the “schizophrenic.” The page offers no real information about the disorder and uses schizophrenia to promote the church and catholicism.


Martinez 5 Work Cited Glen, Bill. “Schizophrenics call to Church for understanding: Priests, pastoral workers feel need for more education.” Bill Glen. Western Catholic Reporter: Canada’s Largest Religious

Weekly. 27 November, 2006. Western Catholic Reporter. 30 March, 2009. <http://wcr.ab.ca/news/2006/1127/mental112706.shtml.>.

McMillin, Paul. “Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages.” Olin and Uris Libraries. 20 March, 2009. Cornell University Library. 18 September, 1998. “Schizophrenia.” National Institute of Mental Health. 30 March, 2009. National Institute of Men tal Health. 30 March, 2009. <www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml>

website validity  

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