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This guide helps with assessing websites, blogs and other online tools.
Last Updated: Dec 4, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

What Makes a Credible Website? Print Page

    Evaluating Web Sites

Information on the internet is mostly unfiltered, requiring extra caution in selecting reliable sources. Virtually anyone can create a web site on a topic, regardless of their training, education, or experience in the subject field.  You may also find e-mail messages and newsgroup postings in your search results, as well as business-related or commercial sites, posted by companies whose primary purpose is to convince consumers of the value of their products or services. 
When evaluating a web site, check these basic points:  

  • Author or contact person – usually located in the footer 
  • Link to local home page – usually located in either header or footer 
  • Institution – usually located in either header or footer 
  • Domain – the last segment of the "root" of the URL (for example,
  • Date of creation or revision – usually located in footer 
  • Intended audience – determined by examining the body 
  • Purpose of the information – determined by examining the body


The following PDFs provide more tools for evaluating websites. Use the checklist to help in critically analyzing a questionable website or blog.

Fun Tutorial on Web Resources


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