Evaluate WebsitesHere are some factors to consider when determining whether a website contains reliable information:
- Who is responsible for the webpage?
- What authority or expertise does the author have?
- Can you contact the author of the page?
- What institution published the page?
- What is the domain of the page? .gov and .edu pages are generally more authoritative than .com or .net pages
- When was the page created?
- When was the page last updated?
- Is the information on the page current?
- Do all of the links work?
- Do the links lead to current and relevant information?
- What are the goals and objectives of the page?
- Is the page trying to get you to buy something?
- Does the author express an opinion or try to convince you of something?
- Is someone making a profit off the page?
- Is the page supported by advertising?
- Who sponsored the page and why?
- Is the webpage supported by documentation, graphs, footnotes, etc.?
- Is information cited correctly?
- Are there links to other resources? If so, are those resources reliable?
- Is the information scholarly in nature?
- Is the webpage well organized and easy to navigate?
- Is special software required to view the information?
- Does the page include help or search sections?