Answered By: Dana Clark
Last Updated: Feb 05, 2015     Views: 6

How do I evaluate a website?

One word to keep in mind when evaluating the information you find on the web is REAL.  

R--Read the URL.  Is it a personal page?  Educational or governmental?
E--Examine the content. Is the information helpful, well-written, updated, cited?
A--Ask about the author.  Can you find an author on the page?  Does the person have authority or expertise in the subject area?
L--Look at the links.  Do they work?  Do they seem credible and informative.  

This is just one shortcut to website evaluation.  For more shortcuts, tutorials, and in depth instruction, try our Website and Information Evaluation Libguide: