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Evaluating Web Content

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Social bookmarks

Social bookmarks are links saved on Web sites that allow users to annotate, tag, and share them with other users.

Examples: Delicious, CiteULike
 
To evaluate the content on a social bookmarking site, look for these clues:

  • The purpose of the bookmarking site. For example, CiteULike focuses on scholarly papers while Delicious is more broadly based.

  • Bookmarks of interest to you have also been bookmarked by others.

  • The quality of the bookmarked item. Determining this will be the same as determining the quality of any Web resource.

  • The individual who bookmarked the site has expertise on the topic. This often cannot be determined, as users tend to employ nicknames as their identities.

 

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