Evaluate Sources & Information

Evaluating Sources & Information

evaluating sources


When using online resources you need to figure out quickly whether the site is worth reading for the purpose of your project. To do this, use the CARS method. 


CARS = Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, Support



  • Is an author listed? What are the author's credentials? Can the author be reached for questions or comments?
  • Is there evidence of positive peer evaluation?
  • Has the author taken care to check for misspelling, poor grammar, etc.?


  • Is the date of the site current?
  • Is the information complete and not too vague?
  • Does the author acknowledge all views?



  • Is the author fair and objective?
  • Is the author concerned with the truth?


  • Does the author provide support for the information?
  • Are the sources listed?
  • Are there other resources with similar information?

Something else to consider:

Design &Technology

·Are the pictures relevant and clear?

·Are the pages easy to maneuver?

·Have the colors been chosen well?

·Do the links work?

·Does the page load relatively quickly?

Green Task: 

When completing a project each website source you want to use should strive to meet the requirements of the CARS checklist. Using the checklist provided review your assigned link below.  Be ready to share your results during our class discussion. Use the  "Add details to explain" section for important observations you want to highlight during our discussion.

A. All About Explorers


Boilerplate: Mechanical Marvel of the 19th Century

D. Burmese Mountain Dog

E. Burmese Mountain Dog 2

F. Google Technology

G. Jacopo di Poggibonsi

H. Target Field Collapses Due to Resonant Frequency of the Wave

Blue Task:

To figure out whether the website you are viewing is a reliable and useful source of information on the subject of Year Round School. To do this, you will be giving your assigned website a “test.” 

Each site you want to use should strive to meet the CARS checklist. Write your observations in the "Add details to explain" section of your worksheet for our group discussion at the end of the activity.

1. Wikipedia: Year-round School

2. PBS NewsHour: Year-Round School Commits to Students from Middle School to Last Day of College 

3. Thought.co Year-Round Education: Pros and Cons

4. Family Education: Year-Round Schooling

5. The National Association of Year-Round Education

6. Stop Year-Round School

7. The New York Times: “Classes the Year Round Pass the Test for Many”

Please complete this form the the best of your ability after completing the checklist

Identifying High-Quality Sites