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Reliable Sources:

The Web is a wonderful source of information, but how do we know if the material is accurate and reliable?  There is so much material available on the web. When you type in elephant, you might find a 3rd grader’s research project on elephants, a National Geographic article with video, a graduate student’s research paper, or anyone else who has access to a computer.  You should carefully check the reliability of your source when using the internet. 

Ask yourself

 Who wrote the web page, and what is his or her background?

What is the contact information for the author?

What is the business or organization that is behind the website?

Why did the author create this website?

How up-to-date is the information on the web page?

Is the information objective?

 

Tonight you need to research your topic online.

Type in the topic or person’s name.  How many sites are there about this topic? __________

Type in the topic or person’s name in quotations.  How many sites are there about this topic? __________

Look at the first one.  Does the URL end in .co, .org, .net, .gov, or something different? ______________

How can that help you decide how reliable the information on the site is?  ________________________________

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How would you evaluate a website for bias?__________________________________________________________

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How would you evaluate a website for accuracy? _______________________________________________________

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How would you evaluate a website for expert opinion? __________________________________________________

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Look at a few more sites.  What did you find about the differences in the sites?  What made you more or less comfortable about each site? _______________________________________________________________________

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