Answered By: Anthony Anderson Last Updated: Jun 23, 2016 Views: 52
There are many things you can look for in a website to evaluate reliability. Try asking yourself these questions:
- Currency - Is the site up-to-date, or might there be newer sites that contradict, expand, or support this one?
- Relevancy - Is this site relevant to your topic or question?
- Accuracy - Is this site accurate? Is it logical and does it make sense to me, or are there internal contradictions? Does it link or refer to its own sources?
- Authority - Who is the creator of the site? Have they added any biases to the information presented? Are they a reputable or well-respected person in the subject area?
- Purpose - What is the purpose of this site? Is it intended to educate, inform, or sell?
For evaluating all types of information you may want to take our Evaluating Sources tutorial.