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Evaluating Web Pages  

Tools to help you determine if a web page is reliable or not.
Last Updated: Sep 9, 2013 URL: http://libguides.walsh.edu/webeval Print Guide RSS Updates
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The Basics

Start With 3 Key Questions:

  • Who created the content?
  • Why? For what purpose?
  • What do they have to gain?

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Evaluating Websites - Brief Tutorial

 

Is it a Good Website?

Dig a little deeper by looking at:

Accuracy

  • Can you verify the information is accurate?
  • Are there links to other sources of information? Are they dead or do they work?
  • Do other sources confirm the information on the site?
  • Is there a bibliography or other list of sources?

Authorship

  • Is the author or organization's name clearly indentifiable along with contact information?
  • Who is the author and what expertise do they have in the field?
  • Is the author/organization reputable?

Objectivity

  • Is the page biased or objective?
  • Is there inflammatory lanugage or does a particular agenda emerge?
  • Does the site contain enough information (depth) to be useful?

Timeliness

  • Is the information current?
  • Is there a date on the web page? When was the content last updated?
  • Do links on the page go to current material?

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