Evaluating Web Sources




Accuracy    
  • Is the website relying on fact or opinion?
  • Are other reputable sites linked to this page?
  • Is the information replicated in other reliable sources (e.g. encyclopedia, book)?
 Authority        
  • Is the author easily identifiable?
  • What are the author's qualifications and credentials?
  • Are the author's qualifications relevant to the topic covered?
 Currency            
  • When was the page copyrighted or last updated?
  • Are there dead links on the page?
 Organization    
  • Is the page easy to navigate?
  • Does the text follow basic composition rules?
 Purpose            
  • Why did the author create the site?
  • How comprehensive is the coverage of the topic?
  • Is there a hidden agenda?
  • Is there an angle or bias?

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