Evaluating Websites Checklist
Go through this checklist when doing research online. It can help you to determine
whether or not a website would be worth using or if it may give you wrong information.
● Is the site supposed to be educational or entertaining?
● Is the site meant to be informational or promotional?
● What does the author assume the reader already knows about the topic of
the site? Is it basic? Advanced?
● Would the site be most useful to the general reader, the enthusiast, or the
Presentation of Website:
● Do all the links work that are on the page?
● Does the website design look professional?
Authorit (Author or Organization):
● Is the author’s name and email address provided somewhere on the site?
● Is the author an authority in the field, or just a commentator?
● What are the author’s qualifications?
● Does the author have an affiliation with a known institution or respected
● If the author has a list of links of interest, do the selections or
annotations suggest that the author may have a bias or special interest?
● Is there a link to the organization that sponsors or hosts the site?
● Is the host a publisher, nationally known organization, government agency or
● Check for Author or Organization biases on the subject
Dates Created and Last Modified:
● Every Web site should provide the dates when it was created and last
● Check to make sure the information on the site is up-to-date.
● If the site contains a complete account of all changes, check this page to see
how often the site has been updated.
Accuracy of Information:
● Examine many sources and compare them against each other.
● Check to see if the Web article has a complete list of works cited.
● Does the Web site offer new information, or repeat what the other sources
● Does the author base his or her argument on facts that are shown to be
incorrect by reliable sources?
● Does this page present a new viewpoint on the topic, or just summarize other
● Does the site have a lot of dead end links?