The tools, resources, websites listed below can help students evaluate information they find online. What other websites should we add to the list?

These sites can be helpful for fact checking, organizing research, sparking student interest, refining searches, connecting sources, and uncovering bias and hoaxes.

21st Century Information Fluency Projectis a grant-funded initiative to provide professional development and teaching resources to help educators and students improve their ability to locate, evaluate and use digital information more effectively, efficiently and ethically. This site has tutorials on numerous topics, interactive activities to practice skills, and Wizard tools to guide Internet searching, evaluation, and citation.

Accuracy In Media is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage. - Understand the audience for a website by considering demographic information. You can also use Alexa to find links to a particular website like Google's advanced search or Yahoo's SiteExplorer.

AthenaBridge - Web site for peer-to-peer brainstorming and fact-based deliberation in the classroom or across classrooms. Free for grades 7-12. - Understand the context of a website, person or company. Bing uses a different algorithm than Twitter's search feature to remove spam and duplicate tweets. - Bing's map search can display the geographical location of tweets on Twitter. Use this feature to evaluate the authenticity of reports on twitter (e.g. about natural disasters). Simply click on 'Map Apps' and then 'Twitter Maps' / / - Do your research against more than one search engine and compare differences you may find in what is returned and its prioritization on the page, as well as whether the URL turns up in ads on the page or within organic search results. These are clues as to how each engine has indexed and ranked the site, as well as whether the site is marketing itself/paid for placement.

CNN Fact Checker - CNN provides perspective and checks facts on stories in the news.

Foundation for Critical Thinking - Resources by age group are provided. "The Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique and the Foundation For Critical Thinking, two sister educational non-profit organizations, work closely together to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fair-minded critical thinking." - Get a clue for how credible a website is by the number of people who bookmarked it

Diigo- check credibility with the community of people (followers and groups) who have bookmarked a site. Use trusted networks to find sources. - Determine who owns a domain name and find their contact information. For example, is not what you think it is. - Confirm/deny claims by politicians, political ads and chain e-mails

FactOrFictionBlog - Blog of recent events and talk, perspective on the veracity of stories. List of links to other fact checking services. - Understand the context of a website, person or company. Use the advanced search feature to find pages which link to a specific website. What do others think of it? - Confirm/deny hoaxes

Information Literacy Resource Bank -
Hosted by Cardiff University - Wales, the learning objects contained in the Resource Bank are well organized and include a variety of topics. Topics included:

Citing References



Evaluating Information



Search Techniques

Almost all of the resources have been packaged as zip files that contain everything you need to embed and use an entire Learning Object. The zip files can be freely downloaded from this site.

Know TV - Media Education Lab (Temple University) - This curriculum with video clips promotes critical analysis of non-fiction television for students in grades 6 - 12 and demonstrates simple but powerful learning activities that help build critical thinking and communication skills.

Media Education Lab - Teaching Resources from Temple University. Multimedia curriculum resources for K-12 media literacy education. These are free resources.

Mashpedia - great research resource and alternative/supplement to wikipedia. This link will take you to the search for "critical thinking". - Find connections between companies and their leaders. Does the author of a website have unspoken connections which may lead to bias? - Find high quality journalism and compare news sources - Evaluate politicians' claims with more sophistication. Politicians‟ voting records and more - Evaluate politicians' claims with background information about political campaign contributions - Evaluate blogs based on how engaged their community is

Research Models How to do Research, Student Research Guide, Inquiry and Research, Research Models, Focus on Inquiry, Web Research Guide, "The Big Six"; Lesson Plans and Strategies, If...Then, Florida (FINDS), I-Search (the 4 phases for Instruction), Questioning Toolkit, Thesis Builder, Research Guide for Students, Big WebTracks Tools, Professional Development. - Understand the audience for a website by considering demographic information - Understand the context of a website, person or company. Like Google, Yahoo's Site Explorer can help you find links to a particular website. Input the URL and click 'Explore URL' to understand how others reference the website. - Understand the context of a website, person or company. See what people are saying on Twitter. - Confirm/deny hoaxes - Find connections between companies and their leaders. Does the author of a website have unspoken connections which may lead to bias? - Evaluate politicians' claims with more sophistication. Politicians‟ background information.

Wikipedia Overview - a very nice, short video explaining the concept of Wikipedia, and what it means to navigate a social, group-written/edited encyclopedia. - a very helpful site for prospective students who are on the track of their enrollment process. The site provides services concerning proof-reading and editing of admission essays and checking the validity of information there, as well.