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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

q  Who is responsible for the contents?

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

 

ACCURACY

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?

 

OBJECTIVITY

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?

 

CURRENCY

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?

 

COVERAGE

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?

 

INTERACTION AND TRANSACTION FEATURES

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

 

NAVIGATION

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

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