Evaluation of Internet Sites
Use the questions on this page to help you decide
whether or not a web site is reliable.
If several answers are No, the site probably should not be used.
  • Is information about the author available?
  • Is the author knowledgeable in the field?
  • Is background information about the author available?
  • Is there an address, phone number, or email address?
  • Is there a way to verify the legitimacy of the page’s sponsor?
  • Is the sponsoring organization recognized in the field you are studying?
       The URL - if it ends with:  
       a.     .org    is a  non-profit organization
       b.     .com   is a company
       c.     .net     is a network
       d.     .gov    is a government
       e.     .mil     is the military
       f.      .edu    is education

Note: If there is a tilde (~) in the address, it often means it is a personal account, and might not be written by an expert.
  • Is the copyright date given?
  • Has the site been updated recently?
  • When was the material gathered?
  • What is the intent of the content?
  • Does there seem to be a hidden agenda or bias?
  • From what point of view is the material written?
  • Is there advertising on the page?
  • Is the topic coverage comprehensive?
  • Is the information given factual, detailed, and exact?
  • Is the author’s presentation objective?
  • Can information be corroborated with other sources?
  • Is it easy to read?
  • Is it organized for ease of use?
  • Is help available, such as indexes, links to additional material, etc.?
  • Are there appropriate photographs or graphics?