Guidelines for Evaluating Web
When we access or retrieve something on the World
Wide Web we need to be able to decide whether the information is useful, reliable,
or appropriate for our purposes.
is the author or institution?
- If the author is a person, does the
resource give biographical information?
- If the author is an institution, is
there information provided about it?
- Have you seen the author's or institution's
name cited in other sources or bibliographies?
- The URL can give clues to the authority
of a source. A tilde ~ in the URL usually indicates that it is a personal
page rather than part of an institutional Web site
current is the information?
- Is there a date on the Web page that
indicates when the page was placed on the Web?
- Is it clear when the page was last updated?
- Is some of the information obviously
- Does the page creator mention how frequently
the material is updated
is the audience?
- Is the Web page intended for the general
public, scholars, practitioners, children, etc.? Is this clearly stated?
- Does the Web page meet the needs of
its stated audience?
the content accurate and objective?
- Are there political, ideological, cultural,
religious, or institutional biases?
- Is the content intended to be a brief
overview of the information or an in-depth analysis?
- If the information is opinion is this
- If there is information copied from
other sources is this acknowledged? Are there footnotes if necessary?
is the purpose of the information?
- Is the purpose of the information to
inform, explain, persuade, market a product, or advocate a cause?
- Is the purpose clearly stated?
- Does the resource fulfill the stated
Let's take a look at :
- Look for the name of the author or institution at the
top or bottom of a Web page.
- Go to the home page for the site that hosts the information
to find out about the organization.
- To find further information about the institution or
author use a search engine to see what related information is available on
- Check the top and bottom of a Web page for the date the
information was last modified or updated. If no date is present look at the
Document Info if you're using Netscape or the Properties if you're using Microsoft
For more details and a list of other sites on this topic take a look at Evaluating
Information Found on the World Wide Web