Evaluating Web Sites
Who is the author of this page, and what are his or her occupation, position, and education?
Do you find evidence that the author is well known in the field of your search?
Does the page contain any information enabling you to contact the author (address, telephone number, e-mail address)?
With what organization, association, or sponsor is this page's author affiliated?
Is this organization known in the field of your search?
Does the name of the organization appear in the URL?
Point of View/Bias
Is the point of view of the author/organization clearly stated on the web page?
Can you determine the point of view of the author/organization from the content of the web page?
Is there a Statement of Purpose, and does it really indicate the purpose of the page?
What is the purpose of the page? Is it to advocate a cause or idea, sell or market a product or service, provide new or information, entertainment ... ?
Is the page the personal page of an individual?
Does the author cite other sources?
Is it possible to verify the information presented in the site?
Do links really lead to the documents mentioned, and are these sources relevant and appropriate?
Is the text free from any typing, spelling, and grammatical errors?
When was the information collected, created, or last updated?
What period is covered by the information?
Is the site's content, including links, current and up-to-date?
Is the audience identified in the Statement of Purpose?
Is the content or the language of the site too simple, or too difficult, with a lot of professional jargon?
Does the information offered by this site complement the information you already have?