Five criteria for evaluating Web pages

  1. Accuracy of Web Documents
    • Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?
    • What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced?
    • Is this person qualified to write this document?
  2. Authority of Web Documents
    • Who published the document and is it separate from the "Webmaster?"
    • Check the domain of the document. What institution publishes this document?
    • Does the publisher list his or her qualifications?
  3. Objectivity of Web Documents
    • What goals/objectives does this page meet?
    • How detailed is the information?
    • What opinions (if any) are expressed by the author?
  4. Currency of Web Documents
    • When was it produced?
    • When was it updated?
    • How up-to-date are the links?
  5. Coverage of the Web Documents
    • Are the links (if any) evaluated and do they complement the documents' theme?
    • Is the site all images or a balance of text and images?
    • Is the presented information cited correctly

For further information, please view the Cornell University Library.

FROM: Kapoun, Jim. "Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation: A guide for library instruction." C&RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523