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- Whales in the Minnesota River?
- On the web, it's sometimes difficult to distinguish truth from fiction. This "New York Times" article shows why skepticism is a good thing when dealing with information found on the web. Includes links to sites that help visitors know how to evaluate Internet resources.
- But — I found it on the Internet!
- An article from the Christian Science Monitor examining why it is crucial that students learn media
- Teaching Zack to Think
- Find out why a 14-year-old wrote a paper based on a "revisionist" Web site-and why this was not an unreasonable thing for a student to do. The article examines the importance of applying critical thinking skills when using information found on the Web.
Check These Sites — Are They Credible?
- Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!
- Find out about this substance, which is colorless, odorless, tasteless and kills uncounted thousands of
people every year.
- City of Mankato, Minnesota
- Which is the "real" home page for Mankato? Is it this one...
- Mankato, MN Home Page
- ...or this one?
- Strawberry Pop-Tart Blow-Torches
- Are strawberry Pop-Tarts really useful as incendiary devices? Visit this site to learn about research in a rapidly-growing field.
- California's Velcro Crop Under Challenge
- Provides information about the factors which have conspired to threaten the quality of this lucrative crop.
- Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
- A well-documented research study into the responses of feline subjects to men with various types of beards.
- Web Site Evaluation Considerations
- Answer these questions about the site you're using: Who? What? Where? When? How? Why? Developed by
MMSD librarians Ron Goral and Joanne Lenburg for an inservice at Hamilton Middle School, January, 2001.
- QUICK: The Quality Information Checklist
- A site for kids about the importance of Web site evaluation. Offers eight ways of checking information on web sites, with examples of how/why to apply each of these criteria.
- Virtual Salt: Evaluating Internet Research Sources
- Educator Robert Harris offers selection tips for consumers of information, plus a list of "Tests of Information Quality."
- Teaching Undergrads Web Evaluation
- A guide that features a handy chart listing 5 criteria for evaluating web pages. Created by a librarian at Southwest Missouri State University.
- Evaluation Criteria
- Part of a site called "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Or, Why it's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources." Presents 5 criteria and the reasons why each is important. From the library of New Mexico State University.
- Web Site Evaluation Form
- Developed by Ron Goral and Joanne Lenburg, 2001.
- World Wide Web Page Evaluation Form
- Created for middle-school students. A checklist with some opportunity for written comments.
- Children's Internet Site Evaluation Instrument
- A checklist from the creators of "Children's Software Revue."
- Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Web Site Evaluation
- Scroll down to her "Critical Evaluation Surveys" and find links to evaluation forms suitable for
elementary-, middle- and secondary-school students. These forms are also available in Spanish,
and as both HTML and PDF files.
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