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An easy way to evaluate a website
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CAPOW! An easy way to evaluate a website


Questions to ask…

Where to look….


When was the site created?

When was the site last updated?

Is it current enough for my topic?

Top or bottom of main page

“About this Site”

“Last Updated”



Who created this site?

An individual?

An organization or company?

A college or university?

A government organization?

What education or experience makes them an expert?

Does the author cite sources or give references?

Can you contact the author to ask questions?

Top or bottom of main page

“About this Site”

“About Us”

“Contact Us”


Why was this site written?

Business?  Entertainment?

Informational?  News?

Personal page (like a blog)?

Advertising?  Educational?

Who is the site written for?

Students?  The general public?

Shoppers?  Scholars on the topic?


“About this Site”

“About Us”


Is the site biased?

Can you tell if the site is fact or opinion?

Does it present only one point of view on a topic that’s controversial?

Does the site mislead, or present inaccurate information?

Is the focus of the site advertising or making money?

Can you easily tell the ads from the rest of the information on the site?

Do the ads make the site hard to navigate?


“About this Site”

“About Us”



Is the information easy to understand?

Is the site well organized (headings, titles, navigation)? Is there a site map?

Do all the links work?

Is the grammar and spelling correct?

If information is from other places, is it cited?

Would you have gotten more information from an encyclopedia or other reference book?

Does the author use the words:

always, never, best, worst

Read the site, try the links



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