For middle school students, try Dr, ABC.
Internet Research Tools
Use the following pneumonic and indicators to evaluate reliability: Dr. ABC
Domain, Recent, Authority, Bibliography, Credibility
What is the purpose?
Is there an agenda?
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*To search a specific domain, type your topic, space, then type site:.domain, replacing “domain” with the domain type you prefer. Example: renaissance site:.edu
When was the site created, copyrighted, last modified or updated? Is that important to the content?
Do all links work?
Who is the author or organization? What are their qualifications?
What is the purpose? Is it promoting an agenda or selling a service/product?
Is it educational/instructive, an idea forum, or for entertainment?
Are sources credited and reliable? Can they be verified?
Is content free of spelling/grammar errors and nonsense words?
Is information factual/logical and verifiable?
Is information balanced and objective with well supported arguments, vs. biased, subjective and opinionated? If subjective, are balanced sources and ideologies presented/compared?
Is information and design well organized, easy to read and navigate?
Are help, search, and sitemap tools available?