CyberGuide" Internet evaluation forms were developed by Karen
McLachlan informally as a means of introducing the World Wide Web
to novice users in 1996. Since then the Guides have been published
in a book, on the Internet, and referenced in journal articles.
They have been used in countless classrooms and professional in-service
programs. Due to the evolvement of Web site design and content,
the CyberGuides needed revision to reflect the increased sophistication
of the Internet and to continue to meet the ever-growing need for
critical evaluation of Web-based information. The two forms were
sent to a panel of three experts along with a questionnaire. The
panel members evaluated four pre-selected Web sites and then evaluated
the Guides by completing the questionnaire and suggesting improvements.
Following extensive revision, the Guides were sent to four hundred
and sixty Ohio school librarians who were asked to evaluate the
same four pre-selected Web sites using the newly revised forms.
The data from the returned forms was used to assess the effectiveness
of the CyberGuides as Web site evaluation tools.
and Ruth Small developed an instrument for elementary children
to evaluate Web sites. The study focused on three essential questions.
Why visit? Why stay? Why Return? The premise of their study was
based on the concept that the motivational quality of the Web site
would answer their questions. The instrument was tested by 21 educators
in conjunction with an evaluation of a children's television show
and its companion Web site.