Evaluating a Web Site
Use the following checklist to determine if a Web Site is coming from an authoritative, accurate, and reliable source.
Who is responsible for the contents?
Is there a contact person? [e-mail, mailing address, telephone.]
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?
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?
Is the date the material was first placed on the server included?
If contents have been revised, is the date of revision included?
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?
Does the site indicate what measures have been taken to ensure security (if purchasing online) or privacy?
If you clicked on a link within the Web site, can you easily return to the original Web page?