Evaluating Websites

When we are using the Internet to research information about a specific topic, we need to be careful that the sites which we choose to use are trustworthy, accurate, current and unbiased. So, we evaluate or judge the websites before we using them.

When evaluating a website, you should look to see if the site is:

1. Current - up-to-date, recent information

2. Relevant - is this website going to give me specific information that will connect to my topic?

3. written by an Authority or Expert: someone who has a lot of experience or knowledge in a topic. Websites that are often considered to be "expert" are ones whose URL or address ends in .org, .gov or .edu.

4. Biased: does the website or its author have a strong opinion (usually not stated) or does the website want to persuade you to do something, like buy their products, or to think the way they do? Think about: what is the purpose of the site?


1. Go to the Internet.

2. Let's practice together by looking at this site. http://kids.usa.gov/social-studies/

The two images that follow show where to find the information that you need - look for the RED arrows.




TASK: Imagine that each student in your class is researching a country that he or she is interested in. You might focus on a country where a penpal lives, where your family came from, or where you'd plan to visit.

With that task in mind, evaluate these three Web sites to determine if they would be useful resources.

1. Go to the Internet.

2. The first site to explore is: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/ Fill out the worksheet and decide if this would be a good site for you to use in researching a country.

3.The second site to visit is: http://www.wave.net/upg/immigration/flags.html Again, fill out the worksheet and decide if this would be a good site for you to use in researching a country.

4. The third site to visit is: http://www.flatstanleyproject.com/ The directions are the same as above.