Evaluating a Web Site
Use the following checklist to determine if a Web Site is coming from an authoritative, accurate, and reliable source.
q Who is responsible for the contents?
q Is there a contact person? [e-mail, mailing address, telephone.]
q Are there spelling or grammatical errors?
q Is the information well written?
q Are sources for factual information provided so facts can be verified in the original source?
q If there are graphs, charts, tables, are they clearly labeled and easy to read?
q Is the point of view of the Web page evident?
q Is there a mission or goal statement?
q If there is both advertising and information on the page, is there a clear differentiation between the two?
q Are links provided to the sites of any nonprofit or corporate sponsors so users can find out more information about them?
q Is the date the material was first placed on the server included?
q If contents have been revised, is the date of revision included?
q Is it clear what materials are included at the site?
q Does the material answer your question and in enough depth?
q Who is the intended audience?
q Does the site indicate what measures have been taken to ensure security (if purchasing online) or privacy?
q If you clicked on a link within the Web site, can you easily return to the original Web page?