Here are seven C’s your teen should remember when using Internet sources:
Content. Is the author identified? Is it current?
Credibility. Can you believe the author? Look at the URL extension (.edu, .gov, .com, .org) for a clue.
Critical Thinking. Does the information you are reading fit with other things you know?
Copyright. The Internet has made it easy to steal someone else’s work. But copyright laws still apply. Teens should use only short excerpts, and they must always give credit.
Citation. Let readers know the source of online information. Some may want to do further research on their own.
Continuity. Is the source updated regularly?
Context. For basic facts, many Web sites will do. But more complex projects will require further research.
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