The ability to evaluate information is vital for quality research and developing new understandings. The quantity of information is overwhelming and students must learn early on to carefully review found information to determine its value in answering their questions or pointing them in a new direction. They must understand how to use evidence to support their conclusions.
Students assess the usefulness of information by comparing and contrasting, classifying and categorizing, analyzing, making inferences, recognizing point of view and more.
Learning how to effectively evaluate information is not only an inquiry skill—it is a life skill.
Resources on Evaluating Information
- Baltimore (MD) County Public Schools, Information Seeking Behavior
- Go INFOhio: ACT—How do I decide what information will answer my question? Teacher’s Guide and Go INFOhio
- INFOhio's Research 4 Success--Selecting the Best--Module 3
Information inquiry models and Evaluating Information
- DIALOGUE - A-- Analyze: refining key words, problem solving.
- DIALOGUE - O -- Organize/Apply: assessing, classifying, categorizing, examining comparing/contrasting.
- Go INFOhio:Act - How do I analyze which information is valuable to my research?
- Depth of Knowledge (WI)- Infer, analyze, cause and effect, classify, compare, relate, graph, separate, estimate, predict, interpret, make observations, use context clues, distinguish, organize, identify patterns, collect, categorize, infer, assess, investigate, differentiate.
- The Big 6® - Use of Information.
- Pathways to Knowledge®- - Assess usefulness of information; compare/contrast, integrate concepts, seek patterns/trends, organize, infer, analyze, paraphrase, evaluate, classify, filter for bias, point of view.
- Stripling Model of Inquiry- Investigate: Find and evaluate information to answer questions, test hypotheses; Think about information to illuminate new questions and hypotheses (combined with Locating Information).