- Can you tell who is the creator? Does
he/she have any special qualifications on this subject?
- Is there an institution/organization
sponsoring the site? (You may have to go back a few levels or
check some of the links to find out). What clues indicate if the organization
has a particular bias or agenda?
- What is the "top domain" in the
URL of the site? (e.g. .org, .com, .edu, .gov, .net, etc.)
- Is contact information provided for the
creator(s) or webmaster?
- To see who owns the domain name, search the domain name in Network Solutions "whois" records at http://www.networksolutions.com/en_US/whois/index.jhtml
- To see what others think of the site (what pages link to this site), try a link search on google.com Type
link:thedomainofthesite in the search box (that is, type the word link, followed by
a colon, then no space, then the domain of the site you want to evaluate, for example link:greeningearthsociety.org).
- What do you think the purpose of the site
is? Consider what benefits the author or sponsor derives from this site.
Does the site appear to have
a bias or express undocumented opinions? Is the information one-sided or
subjective or does it appear questionable?
Are there spelling or
typographical errors, or flaws or strengths in the format and appearance that
give you clues as to the reliability of this site?
Are there references or links
that lead to useful information or that verify statements on the page?
Can you tell when the site
was last updated or if the information seems up-to-date? Check "Page Info" on
Do the links
work? Some topics do not require frequent updates, but you may want to know
whether anyone is maintaining the site.
Many other Web sites discuss Web evaluation criteria:
- What is your overall assessment of the
site? Useful? Good reliable source? Joke? Junk? Useful only to show a
particular viewpoint? Would this be a good source of information for a
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