Five Points to Consider When Evaluating Websites
Who is the author of the web site? The author may be a person or an organization.
What are the author's credentials? Are they an expert on the topic? Could
their credentials be made up?
Is contact information provided? If not, there is a good chance the author
or organization is bogus.
Who is the sponsoring organization or institution? If it is a college or
university, government site, or an organization such as Smithsonian, you
should be okay.
Look at the domain.Usually, sites with the domain .edu (educational
institution) or .gov (government site) are fine to use for research. Be
very careful when looking at .com (commericial web page) and .org
(organization) domains.Remember that the tilde (~) in the address indicates that it is a personal
web page. Be very careful of these sites.
Avoid websites that have been published using free webspace. This includes sites from Angelfire, Geocities, Tripod, AOL, MSN, etc.