Now that you've viewed a demo on how to determine
the content richness of non-fiction resources, practice evaluating
offline resources found in your community, school or home library.
these steps for this practice session. You will need Adobe
Acrobat Reader installed to open some of the resources listed
- Begin by selecting a common topic that you want to research.
- Gather 5-10 books that address this topic. You might include
some fiction as well as non-fiction resources for this exercise.
For an example of a list of resources one class used when they
evaluated the resources for a research project on Abraham Lincoln,
read this PDF file (you will need Adobe Acrobat to open this
Sources for Abraham Lincoln
- Download, xerox and handout the following evaluations you are
to use to assess the richness of each book's content. If you are
doing this in a class setting with several other students, you
can assign one or two books for each small group of 3-5 students
to evaluate. Select one of two forms for this activity (you
will need Adobe Acrobat to open these files):
Book Review Evaluation Form 1
Book Review Evaluation Form 2
- Have each group tell why which resource is or is not rich in
Now go to Practice Evaluating Online Resources: