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Guides to help you Evaluate Websites

Criteria for Evaluating Websites

Below are some helpful criteria and questions to evaluate whether a Website is trustworthy or reliable.

Authority

  • Who created the Website? 
  • What are the author’s qualifications?  Is he/she qualified to write on this topic?
  • Is the author’s name, title & contact information listed on the site?
  • Does an institution (university, organization, for-profit company, etc.) supports this information and what is their steak in doing so?

Objectivity/Reliability

  • What’s the purpose of this Website? Hint: Examine the Website's URL to help you figure out the purpose.
  • Educate/Inform. 
    • Example: .edu (school or university)
  • Public service.
    • Ex.: .gov (government)
  • Persuade you to join/support an organization’s cause.
    • Ex.: .org (organization)
  • Express personal opinions.
    • Ex.: .net (personal site)
  • Sell you something.
    • Ex.: .com (sales/entertainment)
  • Is the information presented in a balanced, objective/factual way or is it biased?

Accuracy

  • Is the information accurate and well researched?  Does the author cite sources so you can verify his/her claims? 
  • Is the information free of spelling and grammar mistakes?

Currency

  • Is the Website maintained or updated regularly?
  • When was the site created?
  • When was it last updated?
  • Is the information out of date?
  • Are there broken links?