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Library Skills: Evaluating Websites for Use in Research

Prepare your students to evaluate web sites used in research. Activities in this site teach students to critically look at sites on the internet. Hoax sites and additional sites are provided for students to examine. Preparing an electronic scrapbook is an activity that uses skills acquired in evaluating web sites. There are links to eThemes resources on Searching the Internet and Information Searching Strategies.


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Discover links to sites for evaluating web sites, links explaining how search engines work, and sites to use for demonstrating critical evaluation.
This site provides a variety of web site evaluation tools, evaluation articles, and sites to use for demonstrating critical evaluation. NOTE: This site contains ads.
This site provides a free online tutorial to help students develop their internet research skills, evaluate sites, and learn to judge sites appropriate for their research. Other subject areas are included.
Students use this worksheet from ReadWriteThink to record their findings on web sites they may use for research
This activity engages students in learning how to use various comprehension strategies from the traditional to digital-and-media strategies to evaluate web sites. Hoax web sites will be given for students to evaluate.
This activity involves students in creating an electronic scrapbook project. Evaluation of web sites is part of the activity as is citing sources. Students learn how to organize their resources into an electronic source to share with classmates.
This activity involves students in collecting Web-based resources for further study and in-depth projects. Designed for sixth to eighth grade, this lesson can be adapted for older students.
CRAP is an acronym for C=Currency, R=Reliability, A=Authority, and P=Purpose/Point of View. This list and handout assist students in selecting quality websites.
These sites provide information on creating effective search strategies for locating and using library resources. Focus on locating information (articles, books and web sites), selecting the best information resources, and citing them properly. Examples and online quizzes are included. There is a link to eThemes resource on Writing: Research Papers.
These sites focus on library skills of how to conduct Internet search effectively and how to evaluate the quality of websites. Learn about various search strategies such Boolean and keyword search. There are resources, guidelines, tutorials, and criteria on searching the Internet and website evaluation. Includes a lesson plan, a checklist, and a quiz. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Information Searching Strategies, Reference Resources Online, and Internet Safety.

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