Analyzing a Web Page Analyzing a Web Page Each day people use the Internet to find resources that could help him or her with their daily living, research, or even to look for employment. This can lead to some confusion regarding what websites are genuine and which are not telling the whole truth. This is why it is important to understand how to analyze, which Web pages are the best to use. According to “Widener University” (2011), “A reliable and trustworthy Web site meets these criteria: authority, accuracy, currency, and objectivity” (Evaluate Web Pages).
This paper will be discussing the value and relevance of the website HRSA. gov, to clients and/or human service agencies. Authority When analyzing a website a client or human service agency should verify that the website has authority. Authority means that the website has posted the person or organization responsible for the information posted and their qualifications about the information they posted. There should always be the name of the author and some way to contact the author or even the organization who may have written the website or may be sponsoring it.
The website HSRA. gov does not have one author, but it does have the contact information for U. S. Department of Health and Human Services; Health Resources and Services Administration. The website does not have any copyright information on the site however, when a person looks at the area of contact information the website does give the administrators name for HSRA and the address. Accuracy Accuracy is very important for a client or professional because if a site gives out false information it can cause a client or professional that is utilizing the site to believe false claims.
This is why it is very important to verify that the site presents information that based on fact, list sources, and list links to where they obtained their information from if it is from another website. The website HRSA. gov does not give out any false claims or links. When reading about demographics on the HRSA. gov site the author was able to verify the information and statistics given by following the links that were attached to verifiable government websites. The HRSA. gov website has been written very clearly and accurately with sources and links.
Currency A website with dead links can be devastating for the webpage author or company that the website is about and also to the client. No one gets more annoyed then surfing the web thinking you found a great site and then all of their links take you no where or even upload a virus to your system. This is why it is very important to have currency on the site. This means that the website has no dead links, the date it was last revised or published, and that information is timely. The website HRSA. gov has no dead links.
However, it does not have any verification of when the website was last revised or even when it was uploaded to the Internet. Objectivity When searching for a site about human services or where to get help and client does not need to find a website that is bias. If a client does find a bias website that talks badly about human service individuals and the work they are doing it can cause difficulty for the workers to help the clients understand that human service workers are good people who are here to help.
When setting up a site an organization needs to remember to not be bias and to be fair, balanced, and reasonable. The website HRSA. gov has done just that, the website has information on different professionals in each state, healthcare systems, HRSA offices in each state, and different grants that could help clients. This website is not bias and offers so many different options for a client or representative to use. Conclusion
When clients or representatives in the human services field need help with information regarding which websites are reliable they should verify the site’s information first. Making sure the website has been written by a reliable source, there are no dead links, information is up to date, and accurate is the best way to verify that the website a person may be using can be trusted. The Internet is filled with many wonderful sites that can very informative and educational.
Following the above criteria can help the research go more smoothly. A client or representative needs to verify that the website has authority, accuracy, currency, and objectivity when believing anything that may be discussed on any website. References Bureau of Primary Health Care. (2010). Retrieved from http://www. bphcdata. net/html/bphctraining. html HRSA. (n. d. ). Retrieved from http://datawarehouse. hrsa. gov/default. aspx Widener University . (2011). Retrieved from http://www. widener. edu/libraries/wolfgram/evaluate