Electronic and Web Sources

Evaluating Web Sites

Evaluating websites is very much like evaluating print reference sources. In particular, you want to know the authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and scope of the site to allow you to provide information to patrons as they evaluate information from those sites for their needs.

The following form can be used to evaluate websites. Try this with several medical or other topic-specific websites and compare your results.

Who are the "publisher" and author of the website?
How accurate is the information? (This is the most difficult question)
Is there a point of view or purpose behind the website?
How current is the information presented? When was the site updated?
What kind of coverage does the site claim and provide?

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This page was last updated on December 8, 2003.