Information Literacy Issues: Value Added Features

Evaluate any 'Value Add' service of the site

What can be considered a valuable addition to a Web site? Generally, anything that helps the user find the information needed. Here are some examples: Web sites moderated by trained professionals who receive and respond to feedback; evaluation or rating of informational content or presentation on this or other sites; provision of text-only formats, search engines, navigational and help tools.

Things to look for:

  • Evidence of a content manager with appropriate credentials
  • Clear navigation bars
  • Index and/or search facilities
  • Descriptions of site structure beyond the table of contents (site maps)
  • About or help information
  • Summaries or abstracts
  • Ratings and/or evaluations
  • Feedback mechanisms


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Originally published May 1996 by Lida L. Larsen, Assistant Director, Collegial Relations and Information Services, Office of Information Technology, University of Maryland, College Park. Revised April 2006. Copyright Protected

Questions, comments, and suggestions can be sent to lidalarsen@acm.org

 

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