Evaluating Websites

Evaluating Websites

The ability to effectively evaluate the content of websites (and other information sources) is critical to a successful research process.

Grade 9 students are introduced to the CARRDSS approach to assessing the reliability, credibility (and more) of any given website that they might come across.  Recently I’ve come across another great little acronym, RADCAB.  See the image and discussion at the bottom of this page.

The worksheet used in the Grade 9 class to evaluate sources is available from the TDSB Student Research Guide (referenced below).  In these sessions we discuss the issues around Wikipedia and why it is not an acceptable academic source for research.  The article below, under “Wikipedia Warning” furthers this conversation.

All members of the ESA community are encouraged to utilise the tools referenced above.


On-Line Tools

Cornell University Library, Evaluating Websites: Criteria and Tools
University of Guelph Library, Evaluating Websites: Library Tutorials
Media Awareness Network, The Web as a Research Tool: Evaluation Techniques

Wikipedia Warning

Cornell University: Digital Literacy Resources

Other Interesting Sites

Internet Detective
California State Fullerton Pollak Library (video summary)
University of Wisconsin: Internet Scout Project
University of New Brunswick Libraries: Domain Suffixes

Etobicoke School of the Arts Library
From the Library website…

  • The Research Toolkit
  • Web 2.0 Tools
  • TDSB Student Research Guide (Research Toolkit > Research Success @ Your Library)
    Refer particularly to Stage 3: Processing Information, Pages 31 – 32


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(Screenshot from RADCAB website)

One really neat little one that I have recently come across is the RADCAB acronym. The creation of a school library Media Specialist, RADCAB comes with a great little website.  Bookmark this site for easy reference.




Please advise if any of the links breakdown (as is frequently the case with the internet!)