Evaluating Web Search Results

Your initial evaluation of your Web search will take place as you look at the information generated by the search engine.

Let's look at the information provided in this example from AltaVista:

Here's what we know from this citation:

  • The title of the page is: 16 USC Chapter 35 - Endangered Species Act(09/24/97)
  • The URL for the page is: www.nationalfisherman.com/mlibrary/fedlaw/es/toc.html
  • According to AltaVista, the page was last modified on November 12, 1997
  • The keywords included in AltaVista suggest this page includes information about the Endangered Species Act, specifically the United States Code, Title 16, Chapter 35 on Endangered Species.

If we are interested in the actual text of the laws on endangered species, this page looks promising. Should we use it?