Checklist to Evaluate Web
what is the purpose of the Web site/page.
Web sites can be:
What does the URL says about the
purpose of the web site?
.com = business/marketing, e-commerce
.mil = military site
.edu = academic, colleges/universities
.gov = U.S. government produced
.net = network
organization, may be charitable, religious
or a lobbying group
~ (tilde) indicates personal Web page
Are the goals of the Web site clearly
Pew Research Institute
Is the Web site biased or objective?
Is the topic covered in depth or briefly?
Are quality links to other useful sites
Is the author’s name or the organization’s
Do authors list their professional
affiliation, credentials, or degrees?
Does he/she have sufficient authority to
speak on the subject?
Is there any way to reach the author?
If an organization is listed, is it
well-known and reputable?
- Appropriateness and Relevance
Is the content of the page appropriate for
Is the content accurate, complete and
Is the content relevant to your topic or
Does the Web site list where the information
Internet Time Line
Is the information correct, or is the
information verified by an editor(s) or a
fact checker (most Web sites are not)?
Verify the facts with other sources such as
authoritative books, periodicals, or with an
instructor or librarian.
Are the creation date and revision dates
subject guide from the Rio Hondo
College Library Web site
Does the site load quickly?
Can you navigate the site easily?
Is there a text-only alternative for the
Is the information clearly presented?
Are the pages well organized?
Are there mistakes in spelling or grammar?
Is the text legible and formatted for easy
A hoax is a deliberate attempt to
trick an audience into believing, or
accepting, that something is real, when the
hoaxster knows it is not; or that something
is true, when it is false. (Wikipedia)
To verify the authenticity of the site you
may have to go through several layers of the
site to find "About" or "Contact Us"