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Where to search: Evaluating Sources

There are A LOT of web sites out there. 

Classic OPTE Project Map of the Internet
Photo by Curiouslee on Flickr

In doing research, sometimes it's tough to figure out which ones to use. As a digital citizen, it's important for you to learn to evaluate the sites you find in your research

If you find a website during your research, ask yourself:

*Who is the author or owner of the site?

*Does this site have the information I need?

*Does this site appear to be professionally done, 
or are there simple mistakes in spelling and grammar?

*Is this site up to date?

*Is this information written for my reading level?

If the answer to these questions is "no" or "I don't know," move on to a new site to find the information you need. 

Teachers: the best way for students in grades 3-5 to find websites for their research is through Google Custom search engines. This way, they can evaluate what they "find" in a highly monitored environment. Consider it "Googling" with training wheels.