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Evaluating Websites

The Internet can be an excellent source of information on a variety of topics. However, web-based information may not always be reliable. Publishing documents on the web is easy and inexpensive; therefore, “buyer beware” is a good rule of thumb when using Internet resources. While many websites provide reliable, trustworthy information, there are just as many that are inaccurate or even deceptive.

Students learn critical thinking skills by evaluating and selecting high-quality sources of information. In my classroom, I have used resources from the University of California, Berkeley for teaching students how to evaluate websites for academic research. An evaluation checklist is also available in several formats and may be reproduced for classroom use.

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