Web Site Evaluation
Based off: Kathy Schrock’s
5Ws of Web Site Evaluation
Created by: NCUSD 203’s
LRC Directors 2006
Revised by: Josh Mika, Beebe
Elementary LRC 2007
Fluency Project & The Big 6
Kathy Schrock’s 5 Ws
of Web Site Evaluation
Ask Yourself: Who
Who’s the author?
Person, Organization, Both
Look for information or
references to the person and/or
What are his/her credentials?
Look for a biography or resume.
Look for other sites who cite this
author or this web site.
Can I contact the author?
Anyone can create a fake email.
Look for phone and mailing
Ask Yourself: What
• Higher Education*
• K-12 Education*
What does the URL tell you?
Ask Yourself: What
What does the author say is
the purpose of the site?
Look for an “about us”
What else might the author
have in mind for the site?
Facts or opinions
Is the site easy to use?
A well organized site allows you
to navigate, search, and locate
Ask Yourself: When
Is the information current?
Undated factual information is no
better than anonymous information-
don’t use it!
When was the site last updated?
Information and links can change
The author might have lost interest
in his/her page.
Ask Yourself: Where
Where does the information
Look for a bibliography,
works cited, or references
Are there external links to
A responsible site will
redirect you to other useful
Web sites covering similar
Ask Yourself: Why
Why is this information
useful for my purpose?
Focus on your research goals.
Why should I use this
Don’t just add this site to pad
Why is this page better than
REMEMBER: Anyone can put ANYTHING on the Internet!
Purpose & resources are clear
Use Boolean search terms
• And, Or, Not
• “Exact Phrases”
Try different search engines
Cross Reference Facts
Cite your sources
5Ws of Web Site Evaluation. Dir. Naperville 203's LRC Directors. Slide Program. 2006.
Agrella, Chance. Photo 1484. Freerange Stock. 17 July 2007 <http://www.freerangestock.com/details.php?
Agrella, Chance. Photo 1752. Freerange Stock. 17 July 2007 <http://www.freerangestock.com/details.php?
Bell, Darwin. The Thin Walk Among Us. Flickr.com:(Creative Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007
Dodger, My Boy. April 2007. Flickr.com:(Creative Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007
d, social. Lemon LAN. Flickr.com:(Creative Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007
Eagle, Abominable. The Physical Impossibility of Anything for Someone Blase. Flickr.com:(Creative Commons License:
Attribution). 17 July 2007 <http://www.flickr.com/photos/21871279@N00/157133651>.
Eisenberg, Michael B., and Robert E. Berkowitz. "3-6 Grade." The Big 6. 2005. 17 July 2007 <www.big6.com/kids/3-
Illinois Math And Science Academy. "Digital Information Fluency (DIF)." IMSA 21st Century Information Fluency
Project. 2007. 17 July 2007 <http://21cif.imsa.edu/>.
Kaminski, Peter. Stop All Way. Flickr.com:(Creative Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007
Kamminga, Dan. OHno! Flickr.com:(Creative Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007
lisaschaos. Wanna Hold Me? It's Gonna Cost Ya. Flickr.com:(Creative Commons License: Attribution). 17 July 2007
Schrock, Kathy. "5Ws of Web Site Evaluation." Kathy Schrock. 2003. Discovery School. 17 July 2007