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The Internet is enormous with millions of web pages and hundreds of new pages being added every day. It can be a confusing place, especially since anyone can post information to the Internet on any topic. But the Internet can also be an excellent source for finding materials for research papers and projects of all types and subjects. However it is essential that any Web site be evaluated before information from it is used.
Here are 5 areas for beginning Web site evaluation.
1. Identify the site's domain - .edu, .com, .net, .gov, or .biz
2. Who is the author of the site? This can be a person or a group.
3. Is the material accurate?
4. Is the site current?
5. Is the site easy to use?
Evaluating Internet Sources - Millikin University Staley Library
Has both a detailed guide to evaluation and a quick guide for review.
Evaluating Internet Sources and Sites: A Tutorial - Purdue University Libraries
A brief web based tutorials focusing on the five areas of evaluation
Evaluating Internet Sites 101: an Interactive Tutorial - University at Albany, University Libraries
A web based interactive tutorial that covers all aspects of evaluation in-depth
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly or Why It's A Good Idea to Evaluate Web Resources - Susan Beck, New Mexico State University Library
An excellent guide to evaluating Web sites with lots of examples of good and bad Web sites for each area of evaluation.