Use the questions and criteria in the table below to assess the quality and accuracy of a website. Consider both the individual scores and the total score when deciding whether or not to use a website as a source for your research.
|Who made the site?||An expert in the field identified with complete credentials. They include complete contact information. The "About Us" included additional information about the organization.||A named author whose credentials and contact information are not complete.||A student or adult who made spelling or other errors showing s/he is not an expert; or no author is named and/or no credentials are given.||___ / 3|
|What is the domain?||The domain is .edu, posted by the university or faculty or the domain is .gov.||The domain is .com, .net, or .org and is posted by a well-known organization or company.||The domain is .net, .com, or .edu but is a personal page or .com with lots of ads and pop-up windows.||___ / 3|
|Where did the author get his/her information?||The author included lists of sources, links to related sites, and/or describes their research methods. Photos include credits.||The author provides a general statement about the source of information but doesn't include specific sources.||The author provides no sources or provides only sources that can't be verified or are suspicious.||___ / 3|
|When was the site created or updated?||The creation or updated copyright date is within the last six months and easily found. The links work. The sources cited are current.||The site is three or fewer years old according to the creation or revision date.||No date is given or the dates provided are more than three years ago.||___ / 3|
|Why did the author make this site?||The author made the site to give accurate, factual information for researchers.||The authors express their opinion, with factual information to support their point of view.||The authors want to sell a product or persuade readers to change their beliefs. Or the purpose is personal.||___ / 3|
|TOTAL SCORE||___ / 15|