This checklist will help you in evaluating the nature of a website.
We living in an age of information overload- just because it's out
there don't me its an authority. Make sure to examine each of these
attributes in order to better ascertain the validity of a site.
- Look at the URL
Is it s personal webpage or site?
What tyoe if domain is it? .com .org .edu .gov non-US?
- Scan the perimeter of the page
Who wrote the page?
Does it have a date for when it was last updated?
Are there credentials?
- Examine the content
Are the sources well-documented?
Does it link to more sources? Do the links work?
Is there evidence of bias?
- What do others say?
Who links to it? Blogs? What do they say?
Is the page rated well in a directory?
Look up the author. Try performing a Google/Yahoo!/Ask.com/Dogpile search.
- Does it all add up?
Why was the site/page put on the web? To inform? persuade? sell?
Is it possibly ironic? A satire or parody?