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Chester W. Barrows School Library: RADCAB: Web Evaluation

Apply What You Learned

Anyone can put anything on the internet.  It might be the absolute truth or it could be a pack of lies!  Before using a website as a source, use RADCAB to evaluate it.  Be an informed researcher!

Read the RADCAB poster. Click on each topic to learn more.


RADCAB - Your Vehicle for Information Evaluation

Click or tap each RADCAB concept for further information.
Relevancy           Is the information relevant to the question at hand? Am I on the right track?
Appropriateness           Is the information suitable to my age and core values?
Detail           How much information do I need? Is the depth of coverage adequate?
Currency           When was the information published or last updated?
Authority           Who is the author of the information? What are his or her qualifications?
Bias           Why was this information written? Was it written to inform,  persuade, entertain, or sell me something?


Used with author permission. Karen Christensson, 2/2017.


Web Evaluation Worksheets

Is it Reliable? Is it Fake?

Iris is looking for a toy to buy her little brother, but she's not sure what to get him.  She finds this site.  It looks like a good one, but is it?  Use RADCAB to evaluate.

MATTEL Toy Company

Is it Reliable? Is it Fake?

Pat is doing a project on clothing fasteners.  He is researching where Velcro comes from and has found this site.  It looks good but is it?  Use RADCAB to evaluate this website before deciding if it is a good source or an unreliable one.


Is it reliable? Is it Fake?

Karen and her family are planning to go on a summer long vacation.  They need to find a safe place to send their dog while they are gone.  Dog Island looks like a good place or is it? 

Dog Island

Is it Reliable? Is it Fake?

Armani has a History of Science project to do.  He finds information on a robot that was designed to help prevent the deaths of human service people during the late 19th century, early 1900s.  He needs to evaluate this site to see if this is the coolest thing ever... or a hoax.



Check your work with the Information Evaluation Rubric.




Many thanks to Mrs. Gaiewski of the Cranston Public Schools Department of Library Media for the content and activities in this LibGuide.