Content Criteria

All content in the Learning Resources Content Collection goes through rigorous evaluation by educators/evaluators for academic integrity and age appropriateness. This rigorous process can also be applied to evaluate your own digital content as well, using our freely available rubric:

Free and Open Resource Curation Rubric

  • Authority/Credibility
    Authority or credibility refers to the source of the site and whether that source has integrity, objectivity, and academic rigor. icurio educators/evaluators use the following basic guidelines for judging site authority (adapted from the Dartmouth College Library website):

    1. Who developed the site? Is that person or entity an authority on the subject of the site? What are the author’s credentials?
    2. Who sponsors/publishes the site? Is the sponsor likely to be reliable (university, government agency, other credible source)? What is the sponsoring organization’s mission?
    3. Is the site unbiased, or if biased, is the bias acknowledged?
    4. Is the site designed to inform, rather than to entertain or advertise?
    5. Is there a bibliography or other documentation for the material in the site?
    6. Has the site been updated, if necessary, to keep up with current events?
    7. Who is the intended audience?
    8. Is the site well organized and edited? are language usage and navigation clear?
  • Comprehensiveness
    Comprehensiveness refers to the breadth and depth of information coverage presented in the site.
  • Style
    Style refers to the writing style and the clarity of the information presented.
  • Design
    Design refers to the structure and visual appeal of the site. This includes whether text color and background are compatible, as well as general site appearance.
  • Navigation
    Navigation refers to the ease of use for student users moving about the site.
  • Relative Value
    Value refers to how this site compares to other resources available.
  • Controversial Information
    Controversy is at the heart of all academic study and is a necessary element in the Learning Resources Content Collection. Sites that deal with controversial subjects, or which present controversial points of view are included, but their evaluations are marked with to notify users before they access the site itself.
  • Minimal Pop-Up Ads and Other Forms of Advertising
    Pop-up ads, or spawning browser windows, are both annoying and distracting and ads within a resource often connect to your own personal browsing history. Although they are an economic reality for many good websites, we make every attempt to include only those sources that either have no ads, or, at the least, have control over inappropriate or obnoxious ads. For more information on our policy on ads, as well as information on how to block them, please click here.

 Special criteria for resources intended for K-5 students using the application in the Elementary grade level:

    • Addresses accessible concepts in grade-appropriate vocabulary OR chosen for usefulness to K-5 educators
    • Heavy on images, pictures and graphics (not just text) if chosen for student use
    • Supports K-5 curriculum and standards
    • May include:
      • Elementary school lesson plans for grades K-5
      • Interactive games, puzzles, learning exercises appropriate to grades K-5
      • Very little, if any, advertising, and NO objectionable advertising

Special criteria for resources intended for 6-8 grade students using the application in the Middle School grade level:

    • Addresses accessible concepts in grade appropriate vocabulary OR chosen for usefulness to 6-8 educators
    • Contains some pictures or graphics
    • Supports middle school curriculum and standards
    • May include:
      • Middle school lesson plans for grades 6-8
      • Interactive games, puzzles, learning exercises appropriate to grades 6-8
      • No objectionable advertising (though some advertising is permitted)

“LibGuides: Web Resources Evaluation: Citing Web Resources.” Citing Web Resources – Web Resources Evaluation – LibGuides at Kirkwood Community College Libraries, Kirkwood Community College, 2 Aug. 2016, 3:20 PM, guides.kirkwood.edu/evaluatingweb/citation. Accessed 1 Apr. 2019.

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