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Website Evaluation

Website Evaluation

Website Evaluation
Compiled by Mrs. Gruenthal, Library Media Teacher


"Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly."

-----Roger Ebert


Why should you evaluate webpages?

Anyone with a computer can put up a webpage. You do not know who they are, or if they are qualified to talk about the subject you are researching. Before you use a website, look to see who is sponsoring the page. If you can't figure out who has produced it, don't use it.


21st Century Information Fluency

Kathy Schrock's Guide

McDougal Littel Class Zone

Website Evaluation Video

Snopes is that e-mail a hoax?


Funny Sites:

Dog Island

The Jackelope Conspiracy

Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency

The First Page of the Internet

The Ova Prima Foundation

California's Velcro Crop Under Challenge

This Page Intentionally Left Blank

Mankato, Minnesota

Republic of Cascadia

Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus


Scary Sites (By "scary" I mean really misleading if used for a report):

Dihydrogen Monoxide

Institute for Historical Review


More on Website Evaluation:

Evaluating Web Pages UC Berkeley


Summary of The CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation



trustworthy source, author’s credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support. Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.



up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.



fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.



listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).


The bottom line is be careful when using the World Wide Web.

Online Safetey Tips

Media Awareness Network Test your Website judgement with this interactive tutorial.


More Information:

Evaluating Web Pages (UC Berkeley)

Bottom Line: Is the web page as good (or better than) what you could find in journal articles or other published literature that is not on the free, general web?


More Fake Websites (Used for Information Literacy Skills)



Internet Detective

Museum of Hoaxes

Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide

Moonbeam interprises

Improbable Research

Museum of Hoaxes list of Hoax Websites

All About Explorers

Jacopo di Poggibonsi