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EAL (formerly ESL): Web Search & Evaluation (Pathways 8)

Resources for students in EAL, LINC and Pathways.

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Evaluating Websites

Think about these things when you look at a website, to decide if the information is useful. 

1. Currency 

  • When was the web page written, or updated? Sometimes it is really important that information is not too old. 
  • If the information is old, find a newer source to use in addition, or instead.

2. Relevance

  • Is it on the topic you want?
  • Remember: You will find different parts of the story, and pieces of information, from different sources.  It is your job to put them together with your analysis. 

3. Authority & evidence

  • Who wrote and published it?
    • Is there enough contact information that you believe them?
  • Are they experts on the topic?
  • Do they list sources for their information?

4. Purpose

  • Why did they write this?
  • Are they selling something?
  • Are they only giving one side of the story?

5. Accuracy

  • Is the information correct, or does it contradict what you know from other sources?

Selected Websites

Search tip:

Use the basic part of a URL with site: to have Google search only that website. 

"residential schools"   to search for residential schools on all Government of Canada (federal) websites.

potlatch   to search for the word potlatch on the UBC website. 

"truth and reconciliation"  to search for truth and reconciliation information on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation site. to search on the website of BC's provincial government. 

More First Nations Websites

Recent PBLA Assignment Topics

Challenges facing first nations peoples in Canada:
  • The residential school legacy, including most likely one of the current challenges below:
    • health issues, (e.g. life expectancy, maternal health, suicide risks or suicide rates among youth)
    • standard of living   (e.g. access to safe water, housing or poverty)
    • inter-generational family breakdown (e.g. parenting, domestic violence)
    • loss of culture or language, including efforts towards revitalizing them  
      • land claims court challenges
      • resource extraction on native land (e.g. for oil or for pipelines)


First Nations initiatives that have been successful, such as:
  • Economic initiatives
    • e.g. logging or forestry companies, wine production or tourism; for example, in Haida Gwai, the Okanagan or the Shushwap
  • Media (music, film or writing); arts, entertainment, or fashion design

Background Information

Background information gives you the basics of a topic so you know enough to start searching for more detailed information. Use books, encyclopedias, or Canadian Points of View. 

Articles about First Nations Topics

Search articles for information on very specific aspects of your topic. Depending on your research question, a topic-specific database might be useful. 

News articles

Research articles: Assorted topics

Health science articles

Hospitality & tourism articles

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