Evaluating Resources

With the reliance of students, teachers, business people … well, everyone … on the Internet and its resources, it’s imperative that everyone has the tools needed to evaluate and identify good and bad information.

Use the resources and challenges outlined here to equip students to become savvy consumers of information. Use example fake sites or sites with an obvious bias to introduce students to this concept.


As teachers, you will have already developed a sense of quality sites. Your students need to acquire similar experience thru practice and examples.

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Criteria to Evaluate the Credibility of WWW Resources

Anyone, in theory, can publish on the Web. Therefore, it is imperative for students to develop a critical eye to evaluate the credibility of Internet information. Virginia Montecino…  learn more

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S.O.S. for Information Literacy

S.O.S. for Information Literacy, a project of the Center for Digital Literacy at Syracuse University provides lesson plans, handouts, presentations, videos and other resources to enhance the teaching…  learn more

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Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Here's another web page to spring on students. Makes a fun and engaging introduction to the topic of information evaluation.  learn more

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Snopes is a well-regarded reference for sorting out myths and rumors on the Internet. It is a great source for identifying and debunking urban legends and similar stories…  learn more

What is a Credible Source? How to Evaluate Web Resources

Anyone with an idea and internet access can create a website and fill it with just about any content they want. As of 2018, there are over 1.8…  learn more

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Berkeley Library: Subject Guides

The U.C. Berkeley Library has developed a methodology for evaluating the quality of resources and evaluate their authority and appropriateness for your project. Useful for both students and…  learn more

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Fact Check has received many awards as a neutral and non-profit group. Located within the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania, it assesses the accuracy of U.S.…  learn more

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Dihydrogen Monoxide

Dihydrogen Monoxide is one of the most dangerous chemicals in existence. It causes death and severe tissue damage, is a major component of acid rain, causes severe burns,…  learn more

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TeachersFirst's Resources related to Source Reliability/Checking Sources

As educators, we must teach our students how to make sure the resources they are using are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources…  learn more

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Tips for Teaching Students to Evaluate Websites

hese tips for teaching students to evaluate websites for credibility and accuracy are just what your classroom needs. As the internet becomes the go-to source for information, it…  learn more

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6 Criteria for Website Evaluation

In a digitally saturated world where information is a plentiful commodity, the ability to critically evaluate websites is more important than ever. While several sources offer a multitude…  learn more

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Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning about Fake News

LessonPlanet. The framers of the United States Constitution felt a free press was so essential to a democracy that they granted the press the protection it needed to…  learn more

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Seven Questions to Ask

You don't have to be a science news junkie to find yourself constantly confronted with scientific facts and factoids. The truth is slippery, and it's not always graspable…  learn more