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Tips for Evaluating Websites

February 6, 2006

With information on virtually every imaginable topic there is, the integrity of information found online can often be put at risk if browsers are not sure how to check the authenticity of a website. Here are some basic tips for evaluating web resources on the Internet:

  1. Review the URL of the website. Does it appear to be a personal page? (If so, you will need to investigate the author and his/her credentials a little more thoroughly.) Does the URL appear to be from a trusted source? Was it linked to from a reputable organization (for example, the ASEE)?
  2. Does the site list its own sources for any information displayed? Does the information appear in a “factual” format or does it appear to be the opinion of the author?
  3. Is contact information easily located in the site?
  4. How current is the content on the site? Does the page have a date listed for when the information was last updated?
  5. Is the site full of pop-up windows and advertisements?

Quickly scanning websites before the source is trusted helps you build a resourceful digital library of content that you can use in your courses and in research. For more information, visit Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask.

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