Knowing how to evaluate information will help you with research assignments and also with the bigger decisions you make in life.
Knowing how to find relevant, reliable, and accurate, information can help you make informed decisions about things like graduate school, a new car purchase, financial aid options, daycare choices, and more.
Use the criteria below to evaluate the information found on websites.
Author shows evidence of a high level of expertise
Website has a strong affiliation with a credible organization
Information on this site is well documented
Additional research supports the information on this site.
The site displays correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Website is strongly related to my topic.
Website offers comprehensive coverage of the topic.
The information on this site is current.
The website has been updated recently.
The purpose, intent and audience of the site is clearly stated.
On this site, facts are presented as facts and opinions are presented as opinions.
The site is well organized and easy to navigate.
The links, images, and other media on this site are present and working.
Adapted from A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians by Carolyn J. Radcliff, et al. Westport, CT. Libraries Unlimited, 2007.