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EVALUATING ONLINE INFORMATION

 Adapted from  http://volvo.uslis.utexas.edu/-kidnet/evalinfo.htmI

Keeley Library   July 16, 2000

Who?
What?
When?
Where?
Why?

SOME QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU EVALUATE ONLINE INFORMATION

Knowledge How does this new information compare to what you already know?
How does it change what you know?
Authority Who is providing the information? 
Where did their information come from?
Do they provide evidence or examples to support their points?
Why do you think they are providing this information?
Time How old is the information?   Does it include recent information?
Scope How much information is given?     How broad is the topic area? 
How in-depth is the information?
Form Is the information an email message, a newsgroup posting, a text file, a web page? 
Is it in text, image, and/or sound form?
Clarity Is the information clearly presented? 
Is it well organized?  Is the site user-friendly?
Recommendations Have people who you respect, (friends, teachers, librarians or parents, etc.) recommended this site as a good source of information?
Validity How true do you think the information is?  What makes you think so?
Importance Is this information important?  If it is, why is it important?

LIBRARY RESOURCES

Writers Inc.  Evaluating Information, p. 333  Viewing Skills, p. 453 Ref. 808 K32 2001
Education on the Internet: a Hands-On Book of Ideas, Projects, andAdvice
The Best Web Sites for Teachers
Circulating Stacks   371.334 E47 1994
                              371.3344 S531 1998
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INTERNET RESOURCES FOR EVALUATING WEB PAGES
Classified Web Resources Used for the Topic Guide Web LInks
Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators 
Evaluating Web Resources
net.TUTOR Evaluation of Web Sites
Virtual Library: Evaluating Web Resources Web Evaluation Guidelines
WebQuest on Web Evaluation Student WebQuests at Sandwich High School

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Keeley Library, B.M.C.Durfee High School of Fall River
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