Because anyone can create content on the web, it is important to know how to evaluate a website for authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency and coverage. Below are some tips to help you evaluate websites.
Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?
What credentials are listed for the authors?
Are they an expert?
Where is the document published? Check URL (.edu, .org, .gov, .mil, .com, etc).
Can the information be verified in other sources?
What sort of information is it - facts, opinion, conjecture?
Is there an e-mail or a contact address/phone number for the author?
What are the author's goals?
Is there a slant or bias?
What is the purpose?
View any Web page as you would an infomercial.
Ask yourself: why was this written and for whom?
When was it produced?
When was it updated and is the information out of date?
How up-to-date are the links?
Are the links current or updated regularly?
Are there a lot of dead links?
Are the links (if any) evaluated and related to the theme?
How detailed is the information?
Is it a balance of text and images?
Are there links to the 'other side' of the debate?
Web resources are helpful if:
Web resources may not be as helpful because:
Search engines such as Google make it very easy to find websites. Just type in the term you are looking for and you will be taken to a results page. Below are some tips to make your web search more productive:
site:in your query. For example, you can find the Library hours on the Santa Monica College website by searching: library hours site:smc.edu