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It is not always easy to determine if information on the World Wide Web is credible. However, using the guidelines below will help you in making that evaluation.


  • Who is the author of this page?

  • What are their credentials?

  • What institution are they affiliated with?

  • Does the page conveniently display this information?


  • What is the purpose of this page?

  • Does the author state the goals for this site?

  • Does this page inform, educate, persuade or act as a soap box?

  • If the author is affiliated with an institution (government, university, business, organization, etc), does this affiliation bias the information presented?


  • A sloppy page (bad grammar, misspelling) indicates hastiness.

  • It's always a good idea to cross-reference information no matter where you find it.

  • Do graphics add or subtract from the content?

  • Is the information complete or fragmented?


  • When was this page created?

  • Is there a revision/creation date?

  • Do the links work?

  • Is the page maintained and new material added?


Remember to ask yourself:

"Is the Web the best place for this type of information... would a print source or an electronic database be a better choice?" Double check with a Reference Librarian if you are unsure.

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Questions? Please contact

Lisa Shappee

Library Director



111 Technology Center

Evaluating Web Resources

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