Kick off the new school year with lessons from our Back to School 2021 collection to help students express themselves, build relationships, and stay organized.

1. Introduction to Evaluate Credibility of Online Sources

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The internet is an amazing resource for knowledge.

Information about human history and culture, art and science, the latest business news, and anything else you can imagine is only a click away.

It’s easy for anyone to create content on the internet—from blogs to magazine articles to news videos and more.

But not all the information you find on the internet is true and unbiased.

You don't always know who created content, or why, or if it's credible.

Credible content is believable and trustworthy.

Each time you use the internet, it’s important to evaluate sources for credibility so you won’t be misled by false information.

You might find something on a website that is not credible, even though it pretends to be.

It’s also important to think about the credibility of a source before you share it with someone else, so you don’t spread false or misleading information.

For example, if a friend asks for your help with research for a school paper, and you send them a link to an untrustworthy article or video, the credibility of their project is at risk.

Remember to pause before you share information with others, and double check the credibility of your sources.

In every type of content you see and read online, there are clues about credibility.

There are five key W questions you can ask yourself when investigating any new topic, or evaluating the credibility of an article: Who wrote the article?

What is the author’s point of view?

When was the article written?

Where does the author get their information?

And Why did the author write this?

In this lesson, you will use the five W’s to evaluate the credibility of an online article.

To organize your answers to these questions, you will use a table.

This lesson uses Google Docs, but you could complete it in any word processing application, or with a pencil and paper.

As you complete this project, you will: Search online for an article, Add the article to a document, Create a table in your document, Ask key questions to evaluate the source of the article, And decide if the source is credible.

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to Google dot com.

If you are not signed in, do so now.

Then, open Google Drive and create a new, blank document.

Give it a title.

Then, move on to the next video to search online for an article to add to your document.

Now, it’s your turn: Sign in to your Google account, Open a new document, And name your document.


  1. Sign in to your Google account.
  2. Open a new document.
  3. Name your document.