Example 14: Evaluation checklist (p. 23) Web Page Evaluation Quick Checklist Title of Website:Examine the URLIs it a personal page or site? i.e. no official sanction Yes NoSometimes there is a personal name in the URL. Thiswill usually be preceded by a tilde ~Is the page/site owned by an organisation? Yes NoWhich domain extension does the site have? .com .org .ac.ukConsider whether this is appropriate to the content of the .edu .gov othersiteAuthorityIs there a named author/authors? Yes NoAre the author’s credentials indicated? Yes NoIf not check them out! Try searching for the author onGoogle.Is the author an expert in the field? Yes NoCheck to see if he /she has published widely in the field. Insufficient detailsYou could use an appropriate bibliographic database tohelp you investigate.Are the author/organisation contact details given? Yes NoThis will be useful if any information needs to be verified.CurrencyIs a publication date given? Yes NoIf so, how recent is it?Is there an indication when the information was last Yes Noupdated?
Quality / ReliabilityAre the sources of the information identified, Yes Noreferenced and cited?What is the character of the information? Factual Opinion Combination of bothIs the site well laid out and easily navigable? Yes NoIs the writing style informed /scholarly and Yes Noappropriate for an academic audience?Are any provided links appropriate and still active? Yes No N/AIs the information available in a different format? Yes NoEg. As a published report, factsheet etc. This maygive some general indication of quality.Does it all add up?What is the overall purpose of the page? Inform, provide facts, dataYou then need to consider whether this is Explain Entertaincommensurate with your requirements. Persuade SellThe bottom line: In your opinion is the information of comparable quality with theinformation that you will find in a journal article, book, or other conventionally publishedsource? Yes No If YES you should be able to use the information with confidence. If NO LOOK ELSEWHERE! Information Services NJM / 2009