What does SPAT stand for: Site, Pulisher, Audience, Timliness
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The 'S' reminds you to look for the website's address. The website's address contains information that tells you who is providing the site's content. It also is vital for finding that information again.
How Do I Find That?
- Find the site's address.
- Find the type of content provider
Allows you to find the site again
Motivation of content provider
Question: What would be the motivation for bias in www.ritzcarlton.com vs. www.tripadvisor.com?
'P' reminds you to find who is publishing the content. If there is not a name taking responsibility for the content, then find another source of the information.
How Do I Find That?
- Look for a publisher.
- Look for contact information.
Knowing the website helps you know if the website is right for you.
Question: Is a web page with a publisher listed for contact better than a web page without a publisher?
- Look at the words on the page and see if you can explain all of them.
- If you can not, then find another web page.
- If you do understand the words then think about the next question you should ask.
- Decide who is the intended audience.
Knowing the audience helps you decide:
- If the web page is right for you.
- If the web page is targeting a specific audience and if you are part of that audience.
Question: A web page with primarily colorful graphics depicting a child smoking is targeting what audience?
- Look for a publication date, last updated date, or date created.
- Knowing the date information was published helps you decide if information is accurate for your needs.
- If you are writing a historical perspective on medicine, older information may work.
- If you need information on how to treat a disease you want the most current information.
- If no date is provided, there is no way to know when the information was published. This is not a 'good' web page.
Question:You found a page on US government law and want to use it for a report you are writing. You can not find a publication time period for the web page. Should you use the page as an information source?