Date Approved

5-4-1998

Embargo Period

8-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Willett, Holly G.

Subject(s)

Library orientation for high school students; Web sites

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

This study investigated a means by which high school students were taught to critically analyze information found on the Internet. Many students view the Internet as an information resource and regard what they find there as authoritative. It is necessary for students to develop strategies that will assist them in identifying information that is relevant, reliable, and accurate. In this study, 18 students were provided with sample checklists to use as a guide in evaluating Internet resources. After guided practice in the classroom, each student examined four web sites that were pre-selected by the instructor and varied in characteristic properties. The degree of reliability, quality, and usefulness of the information was determined by each student. Students were successful in developing the evaluation skills necessary to become responsible information consumers.

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