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Think Like a Librarian: Evaluating Internet Resources
The Internet can be a wonderful source of original or primary sources. Browse the sites we have suggested below. If you do your own searching, determine if it is a credible source by critically applying these criteria:
- Accuracy - The information should be researched and show proof that it has been.
- Source - Who wrote the information? Look at the domain. .edu .gov. org .net are valid research sources.
- Authority - What are the author's credentials? (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.)
- Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research?
- Objectivity - If a work is biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. And offer both sides of issues, where applicable.
Best of the Web: Helpful Links
American Library Association
Home page of all good librarians! Awards include Caldecott.
Texas Library Association
For Texas librarians, includes reading lists and Texas book awards. A must join.
A national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
Scholastic Book Talks
This is a great site for viewing sample book talks. Find out what a book talk should include.
Reading Is Fundamental
resources for educators including lesson plans, books, articles, activities, web resources, workshops, and advice and tips
Read, Write, Think
NCTE and IRA are working together to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.
International Reading Association
A nonprofit professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages
The Children's Book Council
Author/illustrator resources, book lists, news and research
Website provided by the International Reading Association offers hundreds of articles on a range of topics in reading education
The Teacher's Corner
reading lesson plans, activities, resources, printables, thematic units, and more!
website for children offering fun games and activities that inspire a love of reading and writing
Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs)
Project LIT is a grassroots network of student-led book groups that aims to get young people excited about reading by highlighting diverse, high-interest, culturally relevant books.
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