Evaluating websites

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.

Printable website evaluation rubric (pdf)

  Ideal
3
Questionable
2
Unacceptable
1
SCORE
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

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