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Evaluating Web Sites

Welcome

This guide has been created to help you evaluate information found on the web. This home page presents a brief overview of how to evaluate web resources. 

For more in-depth information about evaluating web sources, see Evaluating Sources from the Internet on the Library Introduction for Students guide.

ABCS of Evaluating Web Sites

ABCs of Evaluating Websites

Audience

  • To whom is the site directed - children, adults, students; a certain ethnicity, gender, or political affiliation?
  • Is it understandable by the layman, or is it highly technical requiring specialized knowledge?

Authority

  • Is the author of the site listed?
  • Can you determine his/her expertise?
  • Is contact information given - phone number, adress, e-mail?
  • With what organization is he/she associated?

Bias

  • Does the language, tone, or treatment of its subject give the site a particular slant or bias?
  • Is the site objective?
  • Is it designed to sway opinion?  Organizational affiliation can often indicate bias.

Currency

  • Is the site up-to-date with working links?
  • Are dates given for when it was created and last updated?
  • Is the topic current?

Scope

  • Is the site an in-depth study of the topic going several pages deep, or is it a superficial, single-page look at the subject?
  • Are statistics and sources referenced properly cited?
  • Does the site offer unique information not found anywhere else, e.g., print sources?