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Evaluating Web Resources

Found in: language arts & literature, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Determining what makes a reliable Web resource for a research paper is an important student skill. Here are three tutorials that propose criteria to establish resource suitability, in some cases using fewer or slightly different terms, each with useful advice and tips:

  • Evaluating Internet Sources Tutorial is an audio slide presentation for students in grades 5-12 that outlines a skeptical approach to Web research. It highlights four criteria: author, motivation, evidence, and timeliness. In addition, it recommends using more than one search engine and scanning the margins of webpages and checking base urls to determine suitability.
  • Evaluating Web Sites: Why Bother With This Tutorial This tutorial discusses six factors for students to consider when deciding if a site is right for their purpose. The tutorial links to related tutorials and videos.


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