7th Grade Research Paper Resources

General Resources

Works Cited Tools

Evaluating Websites

ABCDs of Website Evaluation

  • AUTHOR 
    • Website: https://www.allaboutexplorers.com/
    • Carefully consider the author of each site you choose to use for research.
    • Are the authors experts and qualified to write on the topic? What are their credentials? Are they affiliated with any organizations or a university? Do a little investigating on the author and the source to make sure the information provided can be considered reputable.
    • If there is no author, think twice before using the source.
  • BIAS
    • Website: http://www.thedogisland.com/
    • Check for bias. Ask yourself why was this written and for whom? Does the information seem one sided? Are any other perspectives or views presented/addressed?
    • Does the information presented cover all sides of the topic in a neutral, objective manner? What is the purpose of the information…to inform? teach? persuade? sell?
    • Does the author or publisher endorse political or religious views that could affect objectivity? Could they be presenting only one side of the issue or putting a slant on the issue?
    • Is the author associated with a special-interest group, such as Greenpeace or the National Rifle Association, that might present only one side of an issue?
    • Are alternate views presented and addressed? How fairly does the author treat opposing views?
    • Does the author’s language show signs of bias? 
      • Biased language = words and phrases that are considered prejudiced, offensive, and hurtful
      • Biased language = expressions that demean or exclude people because of age, sex, race, ethnicity, social class, or certain physical or mental traits.
  • CONTENT
    • Website: http://www.molossia.org/
    • Would you be able to verify this content? Could you explore other sources/websites to confirm that it is reliable content? How can you determine if the content is accurate and useful to you?
    • Is the information provided as a superficial overview or a detailed analysis?
    • Is the information relevant to your topic or does it deviate too much?
    • Is the readership level too simple or too sophisticated?
    • Focus on the accuracy of the content. Does the information match your understanding of the topic and can you verify the claims in other sources? Compare its findings to those of other related articles. Do not rely on only one source.
  • DATE
    • Website: http://www.furnetics.com/
    • When was the information published, updated, and/or revised? 
    • Why should a date of a website matter?
    • When was it produced? Updated?
    • How up-to-date are the links? Are there any dead links?
    • Is the page content outdated? Are some topics more “time sensitive” than others?