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Criteria to Evaluate Websites
Use these 5 criteria to evaluate Websites: Accuracy, Authority, Objectivity, Currency, Coverage
- Who is the author? What is their contact information? Is the author qualified to write the document?
- What is the purpose of the document?
- Are the facts and statistics accurate? Can they be verified elsewhere?
- What are the author's credentials?
- Was the document produced by an individual or an institution?
- What is the domain of the Website: Is it a .gov or .edu?
- Does the Website list their sources?
- Is the document the opinion of the author or is it based on facts?
- What are the goals & objectives of the Website? Are they trying to sell you something?
- When was the Website produced?
- When was the Website/Web page last updated?
- Are there many broken/bad links?
- Is the information cited accurately?
- Have the links on the page been evaluated? Do the links complement the themes presented in the document?
- Is there a balance between text and images?
Source: Cornell University Library, Five Criteria for Evaluating Web pages.