Critical Information Evaluation

Critical Evaluation of Information

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.

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Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries: Evaluating Information Found on the Internet5 stars

"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 Information5 stars

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 Criteria4 stars

"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.

UC Berkeley Library: Evaluating Web Pages5 stars

"Evaluating web pages skillfully requires you to do two things at once: Train your eye and your fingers to employ a series of techniques that help you quickly find what you need to know about web pages; Train your mind to think critically, even suspiciously, by asking a series of questions that will help you decide how much a web page is to be trusted." In addition to this online guide, there are a couple of printable checklists available. Look for the link in the upper right-hand corner titled Web Page Evaluation Checklist PDF Form.

University of Oregon Library: Critical Evaluation of Information Sources5 stars

This guide takes you through analyzing Authority, Objectivity, Quality, Currency and Relevancy of an information source. "Not all questions will apply in all situations, and not all responses need to be positive ones - this is not a scorecard. The questions are intended to help you think critically about information sources."

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Evaluating Websites

Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages

Teaching Undergrads Web Evaluation

T is for Thinking

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Feldman, Barbara. "Critical Evaluation of Information." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 19 Aug. 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2015. < >.

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