Assessing Online Resources

Do you go straight to Google for your research? You’re not alone. Despite having access to school databases and online encyclopedias through the WRDSB virtual Learning Commons, many students still choose to “google it”. Here’s a guide to help you wade through the immense information on the web. We still recommend you use the virtual LLC for research, though there may be times when you need up to the minute information or content from alternate sources.

Did you know there are 571 websites created every minute on the Internet? With over 300 million sites added to the world wide web a year, that’s a whole lot of information to sift through, and it’s getting tougher and tougher! Anyone can author a web page and put it up on the Internet. Combine that with a declining number of professional journalists, and the bombardment of rampant click bait from corporations and news organizations trying to turn a buck. You can see why it’s important to know how to assess online information and determine if it comes from a credible resource. The Glenview Park Library has designed a tool to help you find clues that will aid you with your decision. The tool is based on criteria to help you evaluate web sites for Credibility, Reliability, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. It is based on a checklist provided by the University of Maryland.

Upon filling out an online assessment form, you will be emailed automatically with a report. Reading over this report will help you decide whether or not to use the website as a trusted resource.


Alternatively, you can use this media literacy triangle to help you assess information on the Internet.