Critical Thinking Skills to Evaluate

The web can be a great research tool if you know how to critically evaluate the resources you find. To find only the most qualified and efficient web sites for your research users must use their critical thinking skills. The sites listed below offer great tips on the different aspects of evaluating an Internet resource.

T is for Thinking: A guide to critical thinking about the web from

Bibliography on Evaluating Web Info: Internet sources, example sites, print resources, books, and more.

Teaching Internet Search Strategies with Critical Thinking: An article that discusses the skills necessary for evaluating resources, how to search efficiently, teaching strategies and more.

Overview of Critical Thinking Skills: A great article from Valdosta State on critical thinking strategies and why they are important in education today.

Evaluation of information sources: A document from the WWW Virtual Library that contains criteria for evaluating information resources.

Evaluating Information Found Online: An article from Johns Hopkins University that discusses why it is necessary to develop skills to evaluate resources.

Finding Quality on the NET: A paper on finding relevance, how to determine quality indicators, how to go about evaluating a resource, and more.

Professional Development Module on Critical Thinking Skills: This page provides a series of annotated sites for educators interested in incorporating the skills into their teaching.

Critical Thinking in an Online World: A great resource that discusses the need for librarians to focus on the teaching of critical thinking skills.

Research Rating Systems: From the Online Policy Group comes a page about the proponents of self-regulation of Internet content.

How to Evaluate the Quality of a Website: Discusses the verifiability of information and how to check material against other reliable sources.

Intentionally Misleading Web Sites: An article that talks about why web sites are created for the purpose of misleading the public and how to spot them.

Assessing Web Sites with a Rubric: An activity that uses three sets of rubrics to help students with evaluating print and media resources.

Today's WWW, Tomorrow's MMM: An article by T. Matthew Ciolek on the specter of multi-media mediocrity.

Lesson Plan on Evaluating Resources: The lesson is designed to help students determine the reliability and validity of web resources.

The Web is not an Encyclopedia: This article talks about the issues regarding information literacy in traditional media and online areas.

Testing the Surf: Criteria for evaluating Internet information resources from the public access computer.

Internet Detective: A great tutorial that teaches students how to "wise up to the web" when using it for college research.

Critical Thinking Web: 100 free online tutorials on critical thinking. Includes quizzes, exercises, puzzles, and more.

The Critical Thinking Process: This article discusses the steps in the critical thinking process needed to evaluate all resources.

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