ABCs of Evaluating A Web Page or Site
Accuracy / Authority
- Is the information correct, factual, and comprehensive?
- If statistics are included, are their sources identified?
- Are the author's credentials identified? Is there a way to contact him/her?
- What sources (articles, books, other web sites, etc.) does the author cite?
- Is the publisher a well-known, reliable institution/organization?
- Does it list a preferred domain, e. g. -
.org (organization), or
- Is there evidence of quality control (can you check the information in another source)?
- Is it refereed or peer reviewed?
Balance / Bias
- Does the information present a balanced, reasonable viewpoint?
- Is the page trying to influence you? Does it appear to contradict itself or distort reality?
- Is there any product or service advertisement on the page? If so, check for bias.
Currency / Coverage / Content
- Was the page produced or revised recently?
- Are the links active & current?
- Is information updated regularly (as stated on the page), including links, statistics, and illustrations?
- Is the language of the page technical or written for a nonprofessional?
- Is the information free, or is there a fee to obtain the information?
- Is the page/site stable? Can others access it easily? Can you rely on this site?
- Are the links pertinent to the page topic(s)?
- Is the content comprehensive in scope?
Evaluating Print vs Internet Sources - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/553/04/ Tips from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).