|Name: _____________________________||Web Page Title: ____________________________________________________________|
|Date: _____________________________||URL: ____________________________________________________________|
1. Accuracy -
1A. Does the information seem to
be error free? Is there anything stated you would question and wonder
if it is true?
1B. Who is the sponsoring institution (government,
University, commercial company, non-profit organization)? HINT:
Look at the URL
1C. Have you ever heard of the sponsoring
institution before? If you do, what do you know about it? If
you have never heard of it before, what would make you want to trust or
not trust what the site claims?
1D. Does the information mainly state
an opinion or are there facts to support their claims? Does the author(s)
or institution state where they have gotten any facts?
2. Authority -
2A. Is the author or source of the
2B. What are the author(s) qualifications?
Why are the author(s) an expert on the subject provided? What do
they know about the topic?
2C. List the author's qualifications
2D. Does the site exhibit proper
grammar, spelling, and literary composition? Is the web page
hard to read? Can it be hard to read for other reasons (colors conflict
with one another, flashing text, images that have nothing to do with the
topic and give no additional information)?
3A. What is the site’s purpose: to
inform, explain, persuade or sell?
3B. Does the web site have any sponsors
(ex. banner or pop-up advertisers)? If so, list the sponsors and
state what you think about the fact that the site has sponsors.
3C. Is the information presented
with a minimum of personal bias (In other words does the person simply
inform you on a topic or has strong feelings that may persuade you on a
3D. If the site seems to have a bias,
does it acknowledge other side(s) of the argument and does it treat those
who disagree with them with respect?
4A. Is the content of the work
up-to-date? (NOTE: Just because a page was not updated for a few
months, does not mean it is not, unless the subject demands it to be).
4B. Do the links from the site work
or do a great number of links end up with error messages?
4C. Is the date of creation or most
recent revision date clearly shown? (If not, you can determine
date last updated by going to the View pull down menu and selecting Page
4D. If the page was last updated
today, is it possible that the site is using a special tool that will ALWAYS
give you today's date?
5. Coverage -
5A. How much is the web site really
giving you about the subject at hand. A lot? A little?
5B. Is the web site divided into
a number of subtopics? List the subtopics here.
5C. What does this web site not cover
of which you would expect it to cover?
5D. Is the information relevant to
your needs? Does it give you anything you may want to use for a research
project or for your own personal use? (NOTE: Remember the AUTHORITY
AND ACCURACY questions)
|5E. I would||____Recommend this site
to anyone interested in this subject
____Recommend this site to anyone interested in this subject, except for my instructors
____Recommend this site only to those who agree with the subject
____Recommend this site only to those who disagree with the subject
____Not recommend this site