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Evaluating Web Sites-Finding Credible Sources Online

Elements to Consider:

Questions to Ask:

Watch for:


Who is the author?
What are her credentials?
Is there contact information?

bad grammar


Who is the publisher?
What does the URL tell about them?


Search for the name of the organization that owns the site


What is the purpose of the web site?
Does it inform, explain, or persuade?

hidden purposes
vested interest


Is the information accurate?
Can you verify statements of fact?
Is the topic covered comprehensively?

lack of documentation
vague or sweeping generalizations
no date on page
missing information


Is the information presented objectively?
Are arguments and opinions supported?
Are arguments presented in a fair and reasonable way?
Are various viewpoints addressed?

intemperate language
lack of balance
inappropriate use of bold-face, italicized, and large fonts


Is the information current?
Are the links current?
Is the page updated regularly?

dead links
outdated information
no date on page


Evaluating Websites

Created by Instructional Services, David L. Rice Library, University of Southern Indiana. November 2009.


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