Critical Eye: Evaluating Internet Resources

Standard 2: The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.
  1. Determines accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness
  2. Distinguishes among fact, point of view, and opinion
  3. Identifies inaccurate and misleading information
  4. Selects information appropriate to the problem or question at hand

Questions to Ask and how to Answer them

What does the web page address mean?

         How to Read a Web Address

Who Published this page?

Who links to this site and what do they say about it. This is beyond the author's control.

AltaVista with ""

What did this site look like in the past? Wayback Machine

Is it a Hoax or the Truth?
How much did that click cost? Placement on search results do not indicate relevance.
Yahoo Marketing (View Bids Tool on right side)

Handy Tools

Citing Sources


Digital Index Card
The Digital Index Card is a web-based tool for collecting and evaluating Internet and other information. It consists of two forms. The first asks for basic facts about the information being considered and for the reasons that the information helps the research answer their question or accomplish their goal. The second form collects more facts about the information so that it can generate a proper citations (APA & MLA).


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Lesson Plans
3-5 - Research Building Blocks: Examining Electronic Sources
6-8 - Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection
9-12 - Critically Surfing the Web

Sites to Evaluate (some are true others are false)

Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Martin Luther King

California's Velcro Crop under Challenge (1993)

Boilerplate: Mechanical Marvel

All About Explorers

The First Pregnant Male

Resource for this Workshop

Annette Lamb - Evaluating Internet Resources
Alan November - Information Literacy
UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops

David Warlick - Landmark Project
John Hopkins Univeristy - Sheriden Library Evaluating Internet Resources
*** Practical Steps in Evaluating Internet Resources