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Skill 2: Evaluate sources to choose the best ones for your research.

The information landscape may include many different sources of information about your topic. How do you choose which sources to use for your research? You will need to evaluate the sources you find, so that you can choose the very best ones. Evaluating sources means judging their quality and usefulness based on certain criteria. This is especially important when choosing online sources. Who is the author or publisher? What are their qualifications? Is this person or organization a reliable source-- one that you can count on to provide information that is accurate? The skill-builders and tools below will help you to evaluate the sources you find as you dig.
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Get to the Right Site Use this eBook to learn how to Get to the Right Site. You will find these chapters useful for evaluating search results and Websites related to your topic:
  • Chapter 3: Asking the Right Questions (pages 14-17)
  • Chapter 4: Is it the Right Site? (pages 18-21)

*From the Information Explorer Jr. series for grades 1-4.

  Find the Right Site Use this eBook to learn how to Find the Right Site. You will find each chapter useful for evaluating search results and Websites related to your topic:
  • Chapter 1: Are These Facts Correct?
  • Chapter 2: Who Wrote This Stuff?
  • Chapter 3: Why Is This Web Site Here?
  • Chapter 4: Judging a Web Site by Its Cover
  • Chapter 5: Putting the Clues Together

*From the Information Explorer series for grades 4-8.

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inquiry log Evaluate the sources you collected on your Inquiry Log using one of the tools below.

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America the Beautiful ES
 
Critical Evaluation of a Website: Elementary
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Use a checklist to help you evaluate Web sites you find during your Dig.
 

Evaluating Web Sites Checklist: Elementary
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Family Tip Sheet: Common Sense on Evaluating Websites.

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