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3) Objectivity—what is the purpose of the site? Does it push any particular viewpoint?
Check the statement of purpose/scope, and disclosure of sponsorship (look for “about us”), in addition to any “hidden” biases evident through your critical reading of text, or independent research done on the organization or author.
Who is the intended audience?
Information presented as factual or opinion, primary or secondary in origin?
Criteria given for inclusion of information?
4) Accuracy—how accurate is the information?
Facts documented or well-researched
Facts compare to related print or other online sources
Links provided to quality Web resources
5) Currency—when was the information posted and/or written?
Evidence of current content
Pages date-stamped with latest update
6) Usability—is the site well designed and stable?
Site organization logical and easy to maneuver with links back to home page
Content readable by intended audience
Information presented is error-free (spelling, punctuation)
Adapted from: “Criteria for Evaluating Web Resources”. Kent State University Libraries http://www.library.kent.edu/page/10475 and “Introduction to Research–Evaluating resources”. Cornell University Library http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/intro.