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    Please provide a web site that you feel gives us good example of a culture or microculture. Next, consider how an anthropologist might view culture versus how the general public thinks about culture. Discuss why culture must be studied from the inside out. Attach visual and link if you can. Make sure that the website is well credible source.

    Please see below for details:

    * Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?
    * What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced?
    * Is this person qualified to write this document?
    * What is the evidence of quality control?
    * Make sure author provides e-mail or a contact address/phone number.
    * What are the author's credentials?
    * What institution is the author affiliated with? Check the URL or back up the address in the Location Box to find out.
    * Know the distinction between author and Webmaster.

    * When was the information produced and last updated? Are the links working?
    * How comprehensive is the document?
    * Is the information popular or scholarly in nature?
    * Check for the date the page was last updated. Check for broken links.
    * Who is the target audience - novices or experts on the subject? Does the depth of information match the potential audience?
    * Are references or a bibliography provided? Is the site primarily images without content?

    * What goals/objectives does this page meet?
    * How detailed is the information?
    * What opinions (if any) are expressed by the author?
    * Is the page associated with some form of advertising?
    * Determine if page is a mask for advertising; if so information might be biased.
    * Does the page state the level of information that is being provided and the target audience?
    * View any Web page as you would an infommercial on television. Why and for whom was it written?
    * Do messages appear across the screen prompting use of other services?

    * Is the information presented cited correctly?
    * Are supporting links on the topic provided?
    * Is additional software required to view the site or access its information?
    * Is viewing options recommended or available?
    * Is the information free?
    * Are references and a bibliography provided?
    * Are the links evaluated and do they complement the documents theme?
    * Is supporting software provided?
    * Is there an option for text only, or frames, or a suggested browser for better viewing?
    * Are there provisions for accessing the information such as registrations or fees for service?

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    I found a website dedicated to native Alaskan culture, and I used it to answer as many of the questions below as possible. You should be able to expand on these points to write your paper. Let me know if you need any more help.

    Website: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/index.html Alaska Native Knowledge Network


    * Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?

    The Alaska Native Knowledge Network at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. You can email them: [email address removed by system].

    * What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced?

    It is "a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. It has been established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia."

    * Is this person qualified to write this document?

    I think that this group is qualified. They are partnered with the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative (AKRSI) (see http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/about.html and http://www.rcap.org/ruralmatters/archive/Summer04/connecting.pdf). In addition, they ask for help from anyone willing to participate in adding to their knowledge base.

    * What is the evidence of quality control?

    There is no direct mention of quality control. However, since this group is based at the University of Alaska, I assume that they use the same measure of quality control and accuracy that they would for any other academic project.

    * Make sure author provides e-mail or a contact address/phone number.

    As above, the email address is [email address removed by system]. They also provide other contact information:

    "Anyone ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides an example of a website that describes a culture (Native Alaskan culture), then analyzes the website using the questions listed.