Evaluating Web Pages
Evaluating Free Webpages on the Internet
Ask Yourself - Why are they giving away this information for free?
To sell you something?
To convince you of something?
Because the information is not worth anything?
ABC's of Evaluating Web Sites
- Who sponsors or created the web site?
- Is there information about the sponsor or creator?
- Can you contact the author/organization?
- Does the address include .com, .edu, .gov, a tilde (~), or .org?
- Are personal views expressed?
- Is the information balanced, reflecting both sides of an issue, or is it trying to mislead the reader?
- Can facts be verified?
- Do facts match up with previous knowledge?
- Check for supporting evidence.
- Does the website want something of yours (money, time, information)?
- When was the site created? Updated? Look for a copyright/revision date.
- Is the webpage still under construction?
- Is topic covered completely (thoroughly, in-depth) OR, is it partial (abridged, shortened, superficial)?
- Are links up-to-date and active?
- Is information organized and easy to navigate?
- Are references included?
- Does the text contain correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar?
- Are there any broken images or an overabundance of ads?
Some links for learning how to evaluate web sources:
- UC Berkeley's Evaluating Web Pages Online Tutorial and resources
- Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Critical Evaluation Survey for Middle School
- Trust Scale and Website Evaluation Worksheet
Some links to try: