Here is an evaluation rubric from McHenry County College Library, Crystal Lake, IL:
Numerous websites are devoted to controversial topics. Be sure to evaluate all information resources carefully to understand if they reflect a particular point-of-view or "side." Good websites tell you who they are and their mission.
If a website is not a well known organization or educational institution, do some research into their credentials.
Remember when you are on the Internet it is "Buyer Beware"!
Generally you are looking for sites that are:
Things to look at:
How do you know if a source that you find is research paper quality? Try putting it through The CRAAP Method of Evaluating Information, a series of questions developed by librarians at California State University, Chico.
This test is designed to work for all information sources, including websites.
Click here to find the complete CRAAP Test pdf - just one page!
The acronym CRAAP stands for:
Currency: The timeliness of information.
Relevance: The importance of information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
Questions to ask:
The "Five Criteria," used for evaluating websites, can be used when evaluating information from any source (magazine articles, books, newspaper articles, etc.)
Q: How do you know if a website is a reliable source of information?
A: Ask questions.
Put websites to the test by using the UCLA Libraries' Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources* page to guide you.
*Created by Esther Grassian at the UCLA Library and used with permission.