is the Author?
author clearly identified? Is the author a person or an organization?
author is a person, what are his/her qualifications for writing on
author is a person affiliated with an organization, is it an impartial
group (like a university) or a group established to promote an agenda
(like the NRA)?
author is an organization/institution, does the page give information
about the group? Is the organization qualified to be presenting information
on this topic?
page part of a larger web site? If so, is the larger site academic,
commercial, non-profit, or government site?
current is the information?
there a date on the page that indicates when the page was created
of the information clearly out-of-date?
the author mention how frequently the material is updated?
not that important for the topic being presented?
topic(s) are covered and who is the intended audience?
What information/materials/subjects are covered by the web page/site?
content intended to be an overview or an in-depth analysis?
page/site intended for the general public or a specific group (like
scholars, children, or professionals)?
page/site geared toward a particular level of expertise?
the content accurate?
content free of grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors?
information is provided, does the author cite his/her sources?
are graphs, charts, or tables, are they clearly labeled and easy to
the content objective?
type of information is this, scholarly, professional, popular, commercial,
advocacy, entertainment, or a combination of more than one?
the page/site show any signs of political, ideological, personal,
or cultural bias?
or assertions documented with credible documentation?
information is an opinion, is it clearly stated?
author is presenting original research, is the research methodology
is the purpose of the information?
purpose of the page/site to inform, explain, persuade, market a product,
advocate a cause, entertain, or parody an idea/person?
purpose clearly stated?