Identifying Quality Online Sources to Cite (in 5 Questions)

With the rise of #edtech, you need a quick and easy way to show your students why not all online sources stack up. While websites like Wikipedia might not be the best of sources, non-traditional media like 538 or SCOTUSblog are absolutely amazing resources for your students.

Here’s 5 questions to guide your writers on sources. It’s not the whole picture or completely perfect, but it’s a good starting place to give them some perspective.

  1. What qualifies the author to be an expert on your topic?

  2. Why did the author create a webpage on your topic?

  3. How old is the information that the source provides?

  4. Is the author making an argument, sharing an idea, or expressing a fact?

  5. What major organizations is the author associated with?

With the rise of #edtech, you need a quick and easy way to show your students why not all online sources stack up.

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