How to Evaluate a Web Page
The Web has a lot to offer, but not all pages are equally valuable or reliable
-- you have to evaluate the source to make sure that you can trust the information.
Some basic questions to ask yourself include:
Is the information reliable and error-free?
- Is there
- Is there a sponsoring organization?
- What are the author's credentials?
are the sponsoring organization's credentials?
there a link to information about the author?
there a link to information about the sponsoring organization?
the page indicates neither an author nor a sponsoring organization, is there any
other way to determine the page's origin from the URL? (.edu, .gov, .org, etc.)
the page have a date on it?
- When was the page last
- Is there any advertising on the page?
the links current? Have links expired or moved?
in-depth is the material?
- Is the page designed to
help? Just ask! Librarians or reference desk staff can assist you.
adapted from: http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html