Is the author named?
Does the author have the necessary
education or experience?
Is the page part of an individual's site or part
of an organization's?
Who is the sponsor?
Is contact information available for the
author or the sponsor?
Is the site free of noticeable errors?
Are the facts valid compared to other
Does the author give proper attribution
to borrowed information or knowledge?
Does the author have a bias, taking a position
on an issue, or giving only one side of the
Is the site designed to promote or sell a
service or product?
What's the purpose of the site?
Does the web page show when it was
Is the information up-to-date?
How current are the links? Have some
expired or moved?
Does the site offer something unique
that is not found elsewhere?
Is the subject well-researched and
Is information cited properly?
Is the information well organized?
There are many search engines
that students should use.
Some curate information.
Librarian’s Index to the Internet
(Not sure I’d call it a search engine.)
Searches by .edu, .mil, .gov etc.
A search engine directory/guide
Cornell University Library. (2014). Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria andTools.
Retrieved from http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/webeval.html on
April 8, 2014.
Carlock, D. (2014). Finding and Evaluating Websites. Retrieved from
2283483 on April 8, 2014.