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What to Consider When Evaluating Web Sites

Evaluating websites


Authorship/Source

Who is the author?

What are the author's credentials?

Who sponsors the site?

What type of organization is it?

Is there a statement of intent or mission?

Is contact information provided?

Currency and Site Maintenance

When was the web page created?

When was it last modified?

Is there evidence that the content has been recently updated?

Are the sites linked reliable?

Point of View

What is the site or page's purpose?

What is the bias: stated, implied, or evident from your reading?

Who is the intended audience?

What type of language is used in the text?

Is there advertising?

Accuracy

Are there bibliographic citations, links to other sites, or other means for you to verify information on the site?

Are errors evident in the content (statements you know to be untrue) or form (misspellings, etc.)?

Design and Structure

What type of page and site is this: a mailing list post, a published article, a company's promotional site, a personal page, or an organization's informational site?

Is it easy to navigate?

Do graphics and software applications on the site serve a useful purpose?

Does the site require a password or fee?

Relative Value

What is the value of the site's information relative to other sources (print as well as web-based)?

Does the site contribute to original knowledge or a unique perspective?

Is this site more useful than others for your particular need?

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