Who wrote it?Before we use a website for locating information, we need to make sure that we can answer Yesto all these questions:If one person has produced the website, am I certain that the person is reliable? Yes/NoIf a company or an organization has produced the website, is it a company or organization that I have heard of and can trust, or that someone I respect has heard of and can trust? Yes/NoIs there a Contact page, or some other way that I can contact the person or organization behind the website (e-mail, phone number or postal address)? Yes/No Anyone can put information on the internet – the author/creator is not necessarily an expert.
Why has the website been set up?Is it commercial? (Is it trying to sell mesomething?)Is it biased? (Is it trying to change the way I think?)Is it fundedby the Government, or by a charity, toprovide an information service?Remember, if a website is commercial, or biasedtowards a particular viewpoint, the information onit might still be useful - but we need to be awareofthese things.
How up to date is the website?Does the site tell me when it was lastupdated?Was it updated recently?(The last updated date is usually at the bottomof the page.)
Do I understand it?Dont waste time on a site that has a reading levelthat is too advanced. Decide quickly whether it issuitable or not.Before using a book, you will look at the languagelevel and decide whether it is too difficult.You will look at how long it is.You will check whether there are pictures ordiagrams that help explain the text. Do this with websites too!
Is the information useful?Does the site give me information that helpsme to answer my questions?Is it relevant to my inquiry?Does it help me to understand more aboutthe unit theme?What makes the site easy to use?