Today's technology makes it easy to create a website and post information. Not all information on the Internet is credible, so it's important that you evaluate the site to determine if the information is from a reliable, authoritative source.
Authority & Accuracy
- Is there an author or sponsor, such as a company or corporation?
- What are the author's credentials? Do they have the necessary education or expertise?
Is there a link to information about the author or contact information? Look in the footer for authorship information. Don't confuse the author with the webmaster for the site.
Domain extensions help to identify a credible site.
.edu - academic institution
.gov - government website
.com - commercial site
.org - nonprofit organization
.net - network of computers
Purpose & Content
- What is the site's purpose?
- Does the information appear biased or opionated?
- Is the content factual?
- Is its purpose to provide facts? To persuade the reader? To sell a product?
- When was the site last updated?
- Is it well maintained? Do all links work?
- Does the page link to sites no longer working?
- Does the content support the site's purpose? If it's a news site, is the information current?