Evaluating Websites

This lesson leads students through evaluating websites for research. Reliability and credibility in internet sources is an important skill in today's world. 

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0801.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
Alignment of this item to academic standards is based on recommendations from content creators, resource curators, and visitors to this website. It is the responsibility of each educator to verify that the materials are appropriate for your content area, aligned to current academic standards, and will be beneficial to your specific students.
Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • Understand the six criteria for evaluating Web sites
  • Identify Web sites with accurate, relevant, and current information on a given topic

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints


  • Computer access
  • Access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or AppleWorks, or materials students can use to write their work.