Chucking the Checklist: A Contextual Approach to Teaching Undergraduates Web-Site Evaluation

  title={Chucking the Checklist: A Contextual Approach to Teaching Undergraduates Web-Site Evaluation},
  author={Marc Meola},
  journal={portal: Libraries and the Academy},
  pages={331 - 344}
  • Marc Meola
  • Published 9 July 2004
  • Psychology
  • portal: Libraries and the Academy
This paper criticizes the checklist model approach (authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, coverage) to teaching undergraduates how to evaluate Web sites. The checklist model rests on faulty assumptions about the nature of information available through the Web, mistaken beliefs about student evaluation skills, and an exaggerated sense of librarian expertise in evaluating information. The checklist model is difficult to implement in practice and encourages a mechanistic way of evaluating… 
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