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Art and Design Subject Guide: Find Websites

Evaluating Websites

ABCs of Evaluating Websites

Anyone can publish anything on the web.

Use this checklist to evaluate the information you find on websites.

Authority

  • Who is the author or creator?
  • What is their qualification or their expertise?
  • Is the site sponsored or associated with an organisation?
  • Are the contact details available - address, phone number, email?

Audience

  • Who is the intended audience - children, school students, tertiary students, professionals, amateurs, experts?
  • Is it easy to understand or does it require highly specialized knowledge?

Accuracy

  • How reliable is the information?
  • Can you verify the information found in other sources?
  • Do you have good reason to believe the information?
  • Is the information referenced?

Bias

  • Why has the information being published? Is it trying to promote a certain viewpoint?
  • Is the site objective?
  • Does the content give the site a particular bias or slant?

Currency

  • Is the content up to date?
  • Do all the links work?
  • When was the site created or last updated?

 

For further help

  • Ask the Library staff

 

Now, step  back and ask yourself, is this website appropriate for your purpose?

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