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Evaluation Criteria for Websites

Module Four: Evaluate and Select Information

Website evaluation is slightly different than evaluating print resources. There are a couple of more aspects to consider.

The main points to consider when evaluating websites are:

  • Accuracy
    Is the information presented accurate (any obvious inaccuracies showing?) Can you reasonably trust the author and content of the page?
  • Authority
    What are the author's credentials? What URL domain is it originating from?
  • Objectivity
    Are there lots of advertising? Is the information presented in an objective way?
  • Currency
    When was the page last updated? Are there dead links on the page?
  • Coverage
    Do you have to pay to view information? Do you need special software to view the page? 
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