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Web Page Analysis Exercise

Pick an academic/informative website and answer the following questions in a typed 1-page analysis of the website. Turn a printed or emailed copy of your analysis in to your instructor at the end of class.

Site Analysis

  • Who’s the specific target audience? How do you know?
  • What is the site’s purpose (informative, entertaining, convincing, special interest, change opinion)?
  • What’s the bias? How do you know?
  • Are they affiliated with an organization or institution? How does this affect the site’s/author’s credibility?
  • What are some rhetorical strategies used on the site? Do authors address issues with an appropriate but not misleading appeal to emotions?
  • Is information on the page verifiable? How?
  • Does the page have overall integrity as a source? Why or why not?


Site Description

  • What is the name of this website?
  • What is the URL for the website?
  • What kind of website is this? (entertainment, organizational, government, individual, commercial, educational, etc.)
  • What does it look like? Describe how the web site is designed. Does it have any special features? Graphics? Sounds?
  • Does the site have any additional links? To where?
  • Who designed the site? Who is this person? What do we know about him/her/them?
  • What is the date of publication? Is the web site current and timely?
  • Is it possible to contact the author? How?
  • Who is the web site’s publishing body?

Discussion Questions

  1. You've learned that websites are "texts" just like the readings in CILCTE. What characteristics of webpages can you not find in textbooks?
  2. All effective images should tell a story (have some sort of meaning). For instance, the use of a picture of Lady Liberty on a lawyer's website suggests he/she is dedicated to justice - without actually saying it. Locate an image on the website you are analyzing. What story does the image tell? Think of an image for your own website that might tell a story about you.
  3. Look over the webpage again. Identify at least three aspects that you believe make it a "good" webpage. If the page which you are analyzing is awful, do the opposite. How can you apply aspects of "good" and "bad" webpages to your own webpage?


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