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Evaluating Website Articles and References

Evaluating website content for use in academic papers is as important as evaluating prints source content has always been.  It is helpful to have a checklist of criteria for such evaluation in mind whenever one is investigating a website Many such lists are available online.  One of the best is: “Evaluating Web Pages:  Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask” (a University of California Berkeley Library Workshop Guide. This guide will help you use critical thinking skills to determine if a website will be appropriate for your need. Other librarians have also created criteria lists: “Evaluating Information Found on the Internet” (from Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, by Elizabeth Kirk) Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages” Includes a useful criteria chart in an article by Jim Kapoun entitled:  “Teaching Undergrads WEB Evaluation:  A Guide for Library Instruction.”  C & RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523.

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