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Q3 Web Site Evaluation

9. Web Site Evaluation


You have learned how to be a better researcher and even learned some fun facts about the U.S. Constitution. Now we are going to make sure that, as you are doing your research, the resources you find are accurate, up-to-date, and are credible.

Key Vocabulary

Search engine: A search engine is a computer program that is used to look for information on the Internet.

Database: A database is a collection of pieces of information that is organized and used on a computer.

I Can Statements

  • find the most reliable resources to use when I do research
  • use an online database (like those in
  • use a search engine
  • search safely
  • evaluate web sites

This is a video about evaluating websites. There will be additional information in the steps below.


1. You have learned how to search and Google. Watch the following video  to make a decision on which one to use when you are doing your research.

Doing a Search

2. Now you are going to do a search on either a topic you would like to know
more about or one that your teacher has selected for you. You will evaluate the resources you have found in order to determine if your information is accurate
and up-to-date.

3. The resources can be from a search engine such as Google or Google Scholar and could include a blog, wiki and website. You will also choose a database from and find at least two resources and include them in your evaluation. 

If you would like the articles to be read to you, downloaded to mp3 or
translated to a different language many of the databases in MeL have the
capability to do so. If you see the following next to an article try them out.

                                                 translate    Read aloud feature

If an article does not have an option to be read aloud use Vozme an
online tool that allows the user to copy and paste text into it. It will read
the text aloud on the Vozme site or you can download the text as an
mp3 to be listened to on another device. Many devices and computers
also have built-in tools that will read text aloud if you prefer to listen
to the article. 



4. Next you will use the CARRDSS System for evaluating the resources you
have found in Google and  Be Careful - this site is full of interesting information and video clips. Stay focused and scroll down to the section
labeled CARRDSS.

You will want to download the CARRDSS PowerPoint  .pdf
and take notes to save to your File Space.


Evaluating Resources

5. Another way to evaluate resources on the Internet is by using the BASIC form. Read over and take notes on the Basic Presentation.

basic carrds

6. Respond and take notes on the following:

  1. What does CARRDSS stand for?
  2. What are the similarities and differences between the CARRDSS
    and BASIC forms?
  3. How do you know if your information is reliable or not?
  4. How do you know if you should move on to another website to find
    your information?
  5. How would you explain this to your classmates so they know if
    the website is credible?

7. Remember to save your work to your File Space.

8. Now test your knowledge using this popular hoax site. 
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

9. Please use the following form (Word Doc or  Google Doc) to evaluate the
Tree Octopus website. 

10. Save the form to your File Space. 


Completing this Quest

When you have finished using CARRDSS and evaluating websites
you are ready for the next Quest. 

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

Go to Quest 4

Additional Resources

Would you like learning more about evaluating web content?
Here are several resources to check out.

List of hoax Web Sites to evaluate (.doc)

Fact Monster- research site for students

Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
b. evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources
c. curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts or solving authentic problems

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.