Evaluate websites

Evaluating Websites

Screening Information

Ask yourself:

  1. What exactly are you looking for?
  2. What do you want
    • Opinions
    • Facts
    • Reasoned arguments
    • Statistics
    • Narratives
    • Eyewitness reports
    • Descriptions?
  3. What is the purpose of your research?
    • To get new ideas
    • To find factual or reasoned support for a position
    • To survey opinion
  4. What is your research type?
  5. What source or what kind of source would be the most credible for providing information in this particular case?
  6. Which sources are likely to be fair, objective, lacking hidden motives, showing quality control?

Source Selection tips:

Try to select sources that offer as much of the following information as possible

  1. Author’s Name
  2. Author’s Title or Position
  3. Author’s Organizational Affiliation
  4. Date of Page Creation or Version
  5. Author’s Contact Information
  6. Some of the Indicators of Information Quality