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Evaluation Criteria

Students are encouraged to employ a healthy skepticism when visiting any site and to use criteria, such as those below, to gather evidence on the quality of information on the web. See the box below for a form to use when evaluating websites. 

1. Authority: Who created the site?

  • What is their authority?
  • Do they have expertise or experience with the topic?
  • What are their credentials, institutional affiliation?
  • Is organizational information provided?
  • Does the URL suggest a reputable affiliation with regard to the topic--personal or official site; type of Internet domain (i.e., .edu: educational institution; .org: non-profit organization; .com: commercial enterprise; .net: Internet Service Provider; .gov: governmental body; .mil: military body)?

2. Objectivity: Is the purpose and intention of the site clear, including any bias or particular viewpoint?

  • Are the purpose and scope stated?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information clearly presented as being factual or opinion, primary or secondary in origin?
  • What criteria are used for inclusion of the information?
  • Is any sponsorship or underwriting fully disclosed?

3. Accuracy: Is the information presented accurate?

  • Are the facts documented or well-researched?
  • Are the facts similar to those reported in related print or other online sources
  • Are the Web resources for which links are provided quality sites?

4. Currency: Is the information current?

  • Is the content current?
  • Are the pages date-stamped with last update?

5. Usability: Is the site well-designed and stable?

  • Is the site organization logical and easy to maneuver?
  • Is the content written at a level that is readable by the intended audience?
  • Has attention been paid to presenting the information as error-free (e.g., spelling, punctuation) as possible?
  • Is there a readily identifiable link back to the institutional or organizational home page? Is the site reliably accessible?


Web Evaluation Form

Here is a web evaluation form designed to be used with the criteria. Faculty are invited to use this form in their classes when making an assignment of this type].