Can you trust what you read?
Remember the 5 W's...
Who is the author?
- Do they provide contact information?
Examples: Short biography, Email link, "About Us" page
- Are they a journalist from a well-known news agency?
Examples: Associated Press, WIS, Tween Tribune
- Are they an expert on the topic?
- Have they written several articles on the topic?
What information is included?
- Is the information accurate?
- Is the information complete?
- Does it differ from other sources written about the same topic?
- Is it biased (presenting only 1 side of the story)?
When was the information written?
- Is it current (published or updated recently)?
Where is the information coming from?
- Is the information from a trusted source?
Examples: Time for Kids/DISCUS vs. a personal blog or Wikipedia
- Did a teacher or librarian recommend it?
Why was it written?
- To inform or teach?
- To persuade?
- To entertain?
- To sell a product?
Click on the Website Evaluator and copy and paste in the URL of a website. A series of questions will help you determine if the website is credible.
Do you think this website is credible?
Do you think this article is credible?