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Tiverton Middle School Library: Website Evaluation

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Content on this page is based on template designed by Phyllis Humphrey, Archie R. Cole Middle School and Sarah DeVito, used with permission.

Beware, Googlers!

"Google is not a synonym for research." -Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

The internet can be a great place to gather information!  In fact, the sources found in this guide are excellent resources for gathering trustworthy information.  However, researching using only search engines like Google can turn up some extremely unreliable websites!  If you want to become a successful researcher, you must know how to evaluate websites.

Test Your Online Sources

Unsure if a website is credible?  Consider these 5 key elements:

Ask yourself these questions using the website evaluation form!

Helpful Hint:

When searching the internet, try to use only .edu, .gov, or .org websites.  Websites ending in .com can be reputable sources sometimesbut should ALWAYS  be carefully evaluated.  

For more information, check out this video.

Search Reliable Websites

Use Webpath Express to find reliable websites for your research.

Website Evaluation Form

If you want to use a website and are not sure if it is a reputable source, use this website evaluation tool to help you decide.