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How to Evaluate Websites

Ask yourself the following questions when evaluating websites:

  • Is the author an authority or expert on the subject?
  • What is the author’s agenda? Are they trying to sell an idea or product?
  • Do they use evidence to support fact claims, ideas, or opinions?
  • Is their evidence cited?
  • Are outside sources cited and linked to?
  • Is the information provided clearly?
  • Are there any advertisements that pop up in the way?
  • Are there any spelling or word errors?
  • Does the site load quickly?
  • Is any contact information provided?
  • Can you easily navigate the site?
  • Is the information current?