Web Site Evaluation Worksheet

Web Site Evaluation Worksheet

URL/Address: ______________________________________________________

Title of the site: ______________________________________________________

Date accessed: _____________________________________________________

  1. Is there another information source that you know of where you could find this information or check for accuracy? If so, where? _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________
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  2. Can you identify the author or producer of the site? Who are they? ______________
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  3. Is contact information for the author or producer available? ____________________
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  4. Is the author affiliated with an organization, agency, company, or institution? If so, which one?: _________________________________________________________________

  5. Is there a link to more information about the organization, agency, company or institution? 
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  6. What is the expertise of the person who created this site? What are their qualifications?
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  7. Is there an evident bias on the site?  If so, what is it and how is it important to your research?
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  8. What is the purpose of the web page (is it supposed to be informative? entertaining? factual?) 
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  9. Who is the site’s target audience? (adults, kids, college students, etc.)? ____________
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  10. Is the page dated? When was the web site last revised? Is this important to your research? ___________________________________________________________________
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  11. Did you find many "dead" links? Have some expired or moved? (Don't assume that the linked sites are the best available, either. Be sure to ask the same questions of those sites!) __________________
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  12. Exactly what information on the site is important to your research? _________________
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  13. Is the material on the web site in-depth enough for your needs? Too in-depth? ___________________________________________________________________
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  14. Is the text readable, is it grammatically correct, are words spelled correctly? _________
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  15. Do you have any other observations or notes you think are important? ______________
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For more detailed web site evaluation guidelines, you may also want to refer to the Web Evaluation Checklists from Widener University Libraries:

Still have questions about the web site you are evaluating? Ask a librarian!