Use the following list to evaluate web sites.
C urrency : The timeliness of the information.
• When was the information published or posted?
• Has the information been revised or updated?
R elevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
• Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
• Is the information at the appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
A uthority: The source of the information.
• Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
• Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
• Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
Examples: .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government),
.org (nonprofit organization) or .net (network)
A ccuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of information.
• Is the information supported by evidence? Check for citations and bibliography.
• Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
• Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?
P urpose: The reason the information exists.
• Why was the information written: to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?
• Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
• Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
• Who is the intended audience?