Is there a section that explains the resource's purpose,
e.g., "This is what we're doing, and why we're doing it..."
Is scope specifically stated? Do the contents match the stated scope?
Who is the intended audience?
What is the host's motivation for providing the information
on the Web? Advertising for profit, part of agency's mission,
educational purposes, publicizing a particular agenda?
Information about the site can be obtained by examining
the last three letters (domain code) of the host address:
.com = commercial source
.gov = government agency
.org = non-profit organization
.net = consortium (profit or non-profit)
.edu = educational institution
Is the information accurate?
Is the information verifiable?
Is point of view stated?
Is objectivity a factor?
Is the text well written? Is it written in the language of the
Who is the intended audience of the source?
Does the source have features, such as charts, illustrations,
or a bibliography, that will be helpful?
What sources did the author use to gather the information?
Is the method of obtaining data accurate and dependable?
Are the links to other resources up to date? Are links to
other Web resources labeled clearly?
Is the page finished, or still under construction?
Who is the author?
What is the status of the author?
Can author be contacted?
Is the publisher reputable?
Does the author provide any credentials demonstrating
expertise and/or knowledge of the subject?
Does the institution or organization supporting the Web
page identify its address and phone number? Does it clearly
state the mission? Does it have an established reputation?
Is the information needed to prepare a citation easily found?
4. Currency & Accuracy
How frequently is the resource updated?
Are facts, such as statistics, verifiable? Is the source of the information cited?
Does the resource contain grammatical, spelling or typographical errors?
Does the Web page indicate the last time the information was updated?
Is there a stated commitment to regular updating and
maintenance of the information?