Evaluating Websites: Evaluating Information Checklist

Evaluating Information Checklist

Here are some basic questions categorized in three sections to help you understand and evaluate the credibility of a website.

The Author

Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Is the author, whether a single person or a group of people, an expert?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Is there a way to contact the author(s) for more information or to verify who they are?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Does the author use real, checkable facts to support his or her opinions?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Does the author use neutral language, regardless of his or her opinion about the subject?

The Website

Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Does the page have a .edu, .org, or .gov ending in its URL?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Is there a date that shows when the page was last updated?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Is the page complete, containing no broken links or "under construction" pages?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Is the page well designed and easy to navigate, without too much scrolling or clicking?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Is this information published elsewhere in hardcopy, such as in a newspaper or journal?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Is the content of the page well written, with few grammar and spelling mistakes?

You

Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Is this site appropriate for your needs?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Did you make a checklist of what a reliable site about your topic would be like?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Will your instructor be impressed when s/he sees this site in your works cited list?
Check to see if this Web site meets the criteria. Have you looked at at least 5 sites about this topic?