HIS 218 Midterm Exam


Your exam will consist of your evaluation of a popular historical website. Remember how you evaluated the sites that you viewed earlier in the course and the criteria that we noted that you should use to evaluate a website.

In your website evaluation, which should be more than one page but less than two pages (double-spaced), you should be critical, but fair, in your evaluation of your assigned website. It is suggested that you address the following questions in your answer. Please note that your evaluation should not just be a series of answers to these questions; it should be an well-written, clearly-organized commentary with sentences that "flow:"

  1. Short description of the site
  2. Site purpose
    • To provide general, or scholarly, information?
    • To persuade? To entertain? To explain?
  3. Credibility of the site's author
    • How knowledgeable is the author on this subject?
    • What evidence is offered to support that authority?
  4. How current is the information on the site?
  5. Do any links on the site lead you to related material? Are the links easy to navigate?
  6. Site design. Consider these issues:
    • Is the text easy to read?
    • Does the site's structure and navigation make sense?
    • Do the graphics contribute to your understanding or appreciation of the material?
    • What might you suggest to make this site more effective?
  7. Overall evaluation of the site
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