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Evaluating a web site: Evaluating a web site

Key points on what to look at before using the information that is from a web site.

Evaluate a web site

 

Evaluating a Web Site

 

Use the following checklist to determine if a Web Site is coming from an authoritative, accurate, and reliable source.

 

 

AUTHORITY

Who is responsible for the contents?

Is there a contact person? [e-mail, mailing address, telephone.]

 

ACCURACY

Are there spelling or grammatical errors?

Is the information well written?

Are sources for factual information provided so facts can be verified in the original source?

If there are graphs, charts, tables, are they clearly labeled and easy to read?

 

OBJECTIVITY

Is the point of view of the Web page evident?

  Is there a mission or goal statement?

 If there is both advertising and information on the page, is there a clear differentiation between the two?

 Are links provided to the sites of any nonprofit or corporate sponsors so users can find out more information about them?

 

CURRENCY

Is the date the material was first placed on the server included?

If contents have been revised, is the date of revision included?

 

COVERAGE

Is it clear what materials are included at the site?

Does the material answer your question and in enough depth?

Who is the intended audience?

 

INTERACTION AND TRANSACTION FEATURES

 Does the site indicate what measures have been taken to ensure security (if purchasing online) or privacy?

 

NAVIGATION

If you clicked on a link within the Web site, can you easily return to the original Web page?

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