What makes a good website? Why? How can you determine the quality of an information resource on the Web?
Information correct, valid
| • How
reliable is the information?
• Are there obvious errors or omissions?
• Is it clear who has responsibility for the accuracy of the content?
• Does the document present logical reasoning for assumptions?
• Are original sources referenced?
• Can you verify references and outside links?
Author/Publisher credentials, review process
is the author of this page?
• Are the author's qualifications clearly stated?
• Is the author separate from the "webmaster"?
• Can the author be contacted for clarification?
• What institution published this? Check the domain name.
• Does the publisher list qualifications or outline a review process?
• Are they reputable?
Purpose of resource, objectivity
goals/objectives does this resource meet?
• Why was this written?
• For whom?
• How detailed is the information?
• What opinions are expressed?
• Is there disclosure of sponsorship?
• What is the context in which the information is provided?
Recent data, links/content maintained
there dates to indicate:
• when it was written?
• when it was last updated?
• Is it clear when data was gathered?
• How up-to-date are the links?
• Are there other indications that the information is kept current?
Depth, uniqueness, scope
topics are covered?
• Are they covered in depth?
• Is the resource a work in progress?
• How does this work compare to other works, electronic and print?
• Is the coverage unique?
• Is the information relevant and useful?