Evaluating Web Sites Tutorial
Anyone can put anything on the Internet.
You need to evaluate each web page you look at.
- Responsibility: Who is responsible for the web site?
- URLs: What is the address (Uniform Resource Locator) of the site?
- Top Level Domains: What is the domain (.edu, .org, .gov, etc.)?
- .EDU: If it's a .edu page, is it a personal page or an official page?
- About Us: What information can you find about the organization or authors?
- Authority: How do you know that the authors know what they're talking about?
What credentials do they have?
- Purpose: What are the authors trying to do?
- Documentation: Are there references, notes, bibliographies, or other citations of information sources?
- Updates: When was the information on the site posted?
When was the last time it was checked?
After considering these factors, if you're still not sure, ask a professor or a librarian.
November 15th, 2004