Mitchell Kapor said it more eloquently than anyone: “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” This rapid exponential growth of information across the Web makes it all the more difficult to assess website credibility. Our World Wide Web is a living, breathing, and constantly expanding phenomenon.
We often wonder how much information is being produced. Infographics like this one from Domo can give us a fairly solid visual idea of what’s being created and uploaded regularly.
As teachers of critical thinking skills, it’s important for us to provide guidelines for students to use when searching for content to use in their projects. Determining website credibility is a big part of these searches.
Whether for citations or research, our students need a strong grasp of Information Fluency for use in determining website credibility. The following rubric was inspired by a slideshow presentation featured on EasyBib that is meant for evaluating website credibility.
You can view their evaluation presentation here. In the meantime, we hope these resources will be useful for you and your students. We welcome you to explore how to apply them to the websites you use for research in your most interesting and engaging projects.