[Surfnetkids] Critical Evaluation of Information

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Critical Evaluation of Information

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The blessing of the Internet is the ease of finding information on any subject. The curse of the Internet is also the ease of finding information on any subject. When swimming in a sea of search results, how do you know which ones to trust? Learn how to evaluate information sources with the help of these librarians.

Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries: Evaluating Information Found on the Internet

“When you use a research or academic library, the books, journals and other resources have already been evaluated by scholars, publishers and librarians. Every resource you find has been evaluated in one way or another before you ever see it. When you are using the World Wide Web, none of this applies. There are no filters.” To traverse through this guide, use the blue menu tabs that run across the top of the page. It includes sections on Distinguishing Propaganda and Misinformation, and Evaluating Social Media, and is my pick of the day!

Kathy Schrock's Guide: Critical Evaluation of Information

To help even the youngest of students to think critically about Web sites, Kathy Schrock has designed three grade-appropriate site evaluation forms. The first is for elementary grades (“Do the pictures and photographs on the page help you learn?”); the second for middle school (“Is the information on the page useful for your project?”); and the third for high-school students (“Would it have been easier to get the information somewhere else?”) All three are also available in Spanish and in Acrobat Adobe PDF (for ease of printing.)

New Mexico State University Library: Evaluation Criteria

“The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why It’s a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources.” This guide is less information dense than some of the others, so it might be a good place to start for middle-school and upper elementary grades. My favorite feature of this guide is the linked examples that are included with many of the criteria. Be sure to click through and evaluate each sample site.

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