Evaluate Web Resources: A Checklist
- Is there an author? Is the page signed?
- Is the author qualified? What are the author’s credentials?
- Who is the sponsor? Is the sponsor reputable?
- Can the author or sponsor be contacted (links) for verification?
- Is it possible to determine the producers of the page? Is the source or domain name easily identifiable?
- Is the content accurate? Are sources of factual information listed?
- Is the content reliable and error-free?
- Is there an editor who verifies/checks the information?
- Is the page dated? What is the publication or copyright date?
- When was the page last revised or updated?
- Are the links current?
- Is the content complete and accurate? Are its contents unique?
- How comprehensive, in-depth, and original is the material?
- Is it scholarly, popular, or sensational information?
- What’s its relative value compared to other information sources?
- How reliable are the links? Are the links relevant for the site?
- If there is a print equivalent, is there accidental or deliberate alteration?
- Does the text follow basic rules of grammar, spelling, and literary composition?
Objectivity/Point of View
- Does the page represent one point of view or several? Any bias?
- Is the page designed to sway opinion?
Purpose and audience
- Who is the page geared to?
- Is the purpose clearly stated? Is it to inform, explain, persuade, etc.?
- Is the information easy to access, read, and navigate?
- Is it a clear, organized visual presentation of information?
- Can you navigate within and among documents?
- Do the graphics or icons serve a function?