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Archie R. Cole Middle School Library: Website Evaluation

Criteria for evaluating websites

Five criteria for evaluating website

      1.   Accuracy

Who wrote this document? What makes the author qualified? Is a name/s and contact information given? Do you know why it was written?  

      2.   Authority

What person, organization, and or business published this webpage? What are their creditials?

      3.   Objectivity

Does this webpage read like an ad for something? Are there opinions expressed? Is there advertising? Why was this page written and for whom? 

      4.   Currency

When was this webpage published? Is it up-to-date?  

      5.  Coverage

What topics are covered? Can this information be found elsewhere? How in-depth is the material?

*Thanks to Cornell University Library for these criteria.  


Web evaluation websites

Take a look at these websites and determine whether each contains accurate and reliable information..

Internet Public Library