How to Evaluate a Web Site
What type of domain is it?
- Is the domain appropriate for the content?
- Government sites: .gov, .mil, .us
- Educational sites: .edu
- Non-profit organizations: .org
- Commercial organizations: .com
Who is the author?
- Make sure the author or site’s advisory board has appropriate credentials.
Read the references.
- The side should include references for data. Check for a date to make sure information is current.
Watch for bias.
- Many web sites are disguised as ads. Read critically to distinguish between facts and fiction.
Other resources for evaluating Internet sources:
- UC-Berkeley Library: “Why? Rationale for Evaluating the Web” provides practical experience in assessing the authenticity and integrity of web pages. Click here.
- Cornell University Library: “Critcally Analyzing Sources” provides guidelines for the initial appraisal and content analysis of web sites. Click here.