The Internet is the first place many of us look for basic information. But how do we know what to trust?
This presentation outlines basic things students can look for - the web address, author and authority, sponsorship, and content considerations. All of these considerations are on a easy-to-use document (both the editable Word document and a .pdf) for students to use when evaluating any website.
I use this presentation toward the start of my sophomores’ research unit – we research careers, so our primary source is the Occupational Outlook Handbook (found online), and then I ask students to find one more source (at minimum) on their own. I then have students fill out one of the source evaluations for each source they use for their research. (Telling students they have to fill out a sheet for each source used also deters them from using Google to search for each bit of information required!)
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