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Information Technology: 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.


  • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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?

IT Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Online computing dictionary:  Dictionary of internet and computer terms

TechEncyclopedia:  Definitions for over 20,000 IT terms  Dictionary of internet and computer terms


 Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology:  BACIT is the online Bulletin of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications

 Istart E-Business portal:  NZ’s informational hub on using IT and e-commerce to build your business

Computer professionals for social responsibility: CPSR is a global organization promoting the responsible use of computer technology and how the use of technology affects society.

MIT Open Courseware:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology provide free and open access to their course materials in a number of subjects including computer science

 Internet Society of New Zealand: Fostering coordinated and cooperative development of the Internet in New Zealand

 New Zealand Computer Society: The professional institution for information and communication technology people

IEEE Computer Society



 Domainz: Domain name registration (New Zealand)

The Living Internet: A history of the internet and related technology

W3C World Wide Web Consortium: W3C develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential



DevX: Development Exchange group, this sites gives access to software development news and resources, source code and 1000's of answers to common programming questions

MSDN: Microsoft Developers Network provides technical information, sample code, documentation, articles, and reference guides for developers using Microsoft tools and products

Programmers heaven: Programming files, links and articles

SourceBank: Directory of links to source code and script posted around the Web