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Modern Architecture

Checklist for Evaluating Information on the Web

Questions to ask about the site's author

  • Can you identify the author of the site (either an individual or an organization)?
  • Is the author an expert on this topic?
  • Is the author's primary purpose to provide scholarly information?
  • Is the author's primary purpose to sell a product or service?
  • Is the author's point of view unbiased?
  • Where does the site come form? Look at the URL - is it .edu for an educational site, .gov for government, .com for commercial, etc?

Questions to ask about the site's content

  • Are there any obvious errors or misinformation?
  • Does the information appear to be accurate?
  • Can the information be verified through another source?
  • Is the information current? (Is there a date for the last update on the page?)
  • Is the information scholarly in nature? Is documentation provided?
  • Are the links useful?
  • Are the links active?

Questions to ask about how the site is organized

  • Is there a table of contents?
  • Is the site easy to navigate?
  • Do the graphics enhance or interfere with the usefulness of the site?