I’m working on collaborative group research projects with Y7 at the moment. I want to create a simple and yet sophisticated system for evaluating sources used in the research. I’m thinking a little table for each reference used, acting a bit like a stamp to show sources have been considered for reliability and bias. However, I’m not sure where to limit the categories. Here are the ones I have so far:
- Identify author? Y/N
- Identify date created or last edited? Y/N
- Identify target audience? Y/N
- Copyright mark? Y/N
- Contact Info? Y/N
- Advertising? Y/N
- Can you tell if it is biased? Y/N
- Does it have reference links to other sites? Y/N
- Can you see evidence to prove statements? Y/N
- Does it use a reliable domain?
I think the best approach is a small table that provides a column for Y or N. This will focus the pupil on checking the reliability of the website as part of their research. However, it might be better to have other categories:
Any thoughts anyone? Is this over the top? Would it take too long to complete this checklist for each source? Maybe just use it for major/critical information sources. They will be also referencing all sources using a simplified Havard method. However, this stamp might be useful to help them learn the importance of website provenance.