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Web Site Evaluation Guide

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Your name(s):
Web site URL: http://
Title of web site:

Print Interactive Website Evaluation Form.
Save the PDF file to your computer's desktop then fill it out and email it to yourself or store in your Dropbox folder for printing in the library.

Print non-interactive website evaluation form.


Content

Is the purpose (inform, persuade, sell, entertain, or communicate) of the site indicated on the home page? (if you answer "yes," circle one or more)
YES
NO
If not, can you guess the purpose of the web page? Write the purpose(s) here.
YES
NO
Could that purpose cause the web author to be biased?
YES
NO
Do you feel as though the document is trying to convince you of something?
YES
NO
Look at the advertising on the page. Could the companies paying for the ads influence the content or cause bias?
YES
NO
Is the information useful for your purpose?
YES
NO
Would it have been easier to get the information somewhere else?
YES
NO
Would information somewhere else have been different?
YES
NO
If so, why?

Did the information lead you to other sources that were useful?
YES
NO
When was the document created?

Is the information current?
YES
NO
Does up-to-date information matter for your purpose?
YES
NO
Does the author express his or her opinion as fact?
YES
NO
Does the author support his ideas with references to show that he has done research?
YES
NO
Does the information contradict something you found somewhere else?
YES
NO
If there are graphics, do most of the pictures supplement the content of the page?
YES
NO
Can readers edit the content on the page?
YES
NO
Does it matter if the page content is editable by users (readers)?
YES
NO
Briefly describe the contents of this site:



Authority (If you cannot establish the authority of the site, you don't want to use it!)


Is there a person or organization responsible for the web page?
YES
NO
Write the name of the person or the organization.

Is there an e-mail address to contact the author or authors?
YES
NO
What authority or credentials does the person or organization have? Describe.



Is the Web page linked to a home page for an organization, commercial enterprise, or individual? (circle one)
Has the site been reviewed by an online reviewing agency or has it won any awards from a reputable organization?
YES
NO
Does the domain (i.e. edu, com, gov) of the page influence your evaluation of the site?
YES
NO
Are you positive that the information is true?
YES
NO
What can you do to prove that it is true?

Are you satisfied that the information is useful for your purpose?
YES
NO
If not, what can you do next?

Are you using this web page for your paper or project?
YES
NO

Modified version of Kathy Schrock's Critical Evaluation Survey : Secondary School Level.
Used with permission. Updated 12.04.11.




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