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ResearchReady’s New Website Evaluation Toolbar

Evaluating information found in online sources can be tricky. Who wrote the article? Are they authoritative? Why did they write the article? When was it written? Is it accurate? It is relevant? With so many things to think about and questions to ask, no wonder students have trouble identifying credible information for their research project.


Both EasyBib’s website evaluation tool and ResearchReady’s instructional content can help students learn to sort through the madness and find quality sources. But, the development team for ResearchReady has just added another tool that can help students evaluate the quality of information they find online. 

With our Website Evaluation Toolbar, students can enter in the URL of the source that they want to use. Our toolbar will help them go through 5 criteria for information credibility (Purpose, Authority, Accuracy, Relevance, and Currency or PAARC) with a little extra information about what to look for and how to make a determination.

See how it works!

Pretty cool, right? What’s even cooler is that we’ll be offering this website evaluation toolbar for free for Information Literacy Month! Check it out!

Caity Selleck is the in-house librarian for EasyBib and ResearchReady. You can find her on Twitter, @Caity_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.