Topic 3 – Website Evaluation


Activity 1 – Evaluate Cyberguide Ratings

Having never had to evaluate a website before, this looks pretty comprehensive to me. However, until I’ve actually used this tool it’s difficult to critically analyse. This tool seems okay, but a bit wordy and long. Do we have the time to complete this checklist for every website that we come across? Or do we just have to make time because it’s our responsibility? I think that I would need to add something about the suitability for particular students to use. Kindergarten students have very different reading abilities and interests to Year 6.

Activity 2 – Herring’s Ratings For Evaluating Websites

Herring’s reliability criterion for evaluating websites is quicker and easier to use than Schrock’s. While the theory behind Schrock’s article is sound, I do not have the time to evaluate each website based on 26 criterion.

The other aspect that I need to consider working in an independent Christian school is that based on the school’s religious standings. The library does not have books, which contain reference to witchcraft or Halloween. Is there a Christian website evaluation tool that I could consider? Must research that one!


Herring, J. (2011). Improving Students’ Web Use And Information Literacy: A Guide For Teacher Librarians. London: Facet Publishing

Schrock, K. (2002). The ABC’s of Website Evaluation [ETL501 Part 1: Topic 3]. Retrieved July 29, 2012, from Charles Sturt University website:

Activity 3 – Summary of Readings on Topic 3

  • Ferguson and Johnson and Lamb’s articles were similar in criterion list. Except that the latter recommended cross-checking data which I thought was a good idea. A bit like my parents who would always get 3 quotes on a house job to make ensure that they weren’t being ripped off! It also included a list of sites that were dubious and power point presentations that you could use with a class to evaluate a website.
  • The article on Testing the three click rule still seemed a bit ambiguous and inconclusive to me…
  • Schrock’s Critical evaluation surveys are an awesome resource for evaluating all sorts of things to do with the web – have a look at the sidebar list of information too. I really liked the “bogus” websites that you could use to help your students evaluate authentic websites from fake ones – one even admits that it’s an April Fool’s joke. Wish I had more time to look further at this, but at least I know where it is now. Also had PowerPoint presentations to use with the class. One site that was no longer up-to-date had a link to more updated information – this would be a valid site?

  • The Schrock’s 5 W’s of website evaluation is a lovely summary for the kids.
  • The Scottish Library and Information Council’s Validity of information was sound, but long-winded. It took a while to go through all the links and the information became disjointed.


Ferguson, J. (2005). Why evaluate information found on the Web? [ETL501 Part 1: Topic 3] Retrieved July 6, 2012.

Johnson, D. and Lamb, A. (2007). Evaluating Internet resources. [ETL501 Part 1: Topic 3] Retrieved July 6, 2012.

Porter, J. (2003). Testing the three-click rule. [ETL501 Part 1: Topic 3] Retrieved July 6, 2012.

Schrock, K. (2009A). Critical evaluation surveys. [ETL501 Part 1: Topic 3] Retrieved July 6, 2012.

Schrock, K. (2009b). The 5 Ws of website evaluation. [ETL501 Part 1: Topic 3] Retrieved July 6, 2012.

Scottish Library and Information Council (2006). Validity of information. [ETL501 Part 1: Topic 3] Retrieved July 6, 2012.

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