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Material Type:
Lesson, Module
High School
9, 10, 11, 12
  • Evaluating Information
  • Evaluating Websites
  • Information Literacy
  • Inquiry
  • Inquiry Skills
  • Research
  • Research Process
  • Research Skills
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Text/HTML, Video

    Learn How to Evaluate Information

    Learn How to Evaluate Information


    Students will learn how to evaluate information they find on the internet and within databases. 


    Teacher Tip

    Ask your school librarian to co-teach these lessons with you. Certified school librarians have completed graduate-level coursework in the history of publication and information retrieval, information organization and formats, and educating information users. Ask your school librarian to talk to students about when and how it's appropriate to use Wikipedia. 

    Learning how to effectively evaluate information will help you navigate misinformation and ensure your research project contains reliable, accurate content.


    Learn About Scholarly Research

    What is scholarly research? You will be expected to conduct scholarly research in college, so get a jump start and learn more about how to locate authoritative sources of information for your research project with this video.

    videoWatch the video, Scholarly Research from Vanessa Slagle, From the Memoirs of a Modern Librarian. 

    Scholarly Research

    Learn About Scholarly and Popular Articles

    You have been asked to include both scholarly and popular articles in your research project. But, what's the difference and why does it matter? 

    videoWatch the video tutorial, Scholarly & Popular Articles, and quiz yourself at the end. 

    Scholarly and Popular Articles


    Learn How to Evaluate the Credibility of the Author

    In the Information Age, anyone can author content. The credibility of the author has a direct impact on the quality of the content. So how do you determine the credibility of an author? 

    videoWatch the video, The Importance of Investigating the Author from The University of Texas at San Antonio Library. 

    The Importance of Investigating the Author


    Learn How to Evaluate Information for Credibility

    The C.R.A.P Test can be a helpful tool to use when trying to determine if a website is a credible, valid source. The C.R.A.P Test looks at four major areas: currency, reliability, authority, and purpose. 

    videoWatch the video, The C.R.A.P Test for Evaluating Websites by Stefanie Stephens for Colorado Community Colleges Online. As you watch, take notes on ways to evaluate information.  

    The C.R.A.P Test


    Learn How to Evaluate a Website

    When forming the idea for a paper, it may be quicker to access information through the internet than to visit your school or community library, but because the quality of information on the Internet varies so widely, it can often take longer to evaluate. It is always a good idea to ask yourself whether or not you can find information more quickly and reliably from other sources. 

    readReview the article Evaluating a Website linked below. Use these steps to evaluate a website to ensure it will have accurate content for your project or research assignment. 

    Learn How to Recognize the Bias of a Publication

    Whether you are writing a research paper or preparing for a debate, understanding the bias or leaning of a book or periodical will help you discern all sides of an issue. It will also aid you in organizing your research to produce an effective paper or presentation. 

    readRead the article, How to Understand the Bias of a Publication attached below. Use this article to evaluate the information you find in databases, books, eBooks, government documents, videos, podcasts, and websites.