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Evaluating websites: Introduction

Tips and strategies to use when looking at how useful individual websites are for research purposes at UWCSEA.

Why?

Not all information is reliable or correct. 

Nearly anyone can put information on the Internet, so it isn’t always checked in the same way that a book or magazine article is edited or evaluated before it is published. As a result, accuracy of information on websites varies.

However, as the first place where most students look for information is on the Internet, it is vital you can evaluate how useful individual websites are to you.

Sometimes,  a website looks attractive and is  ‘interactive’, but the creators of the particular website did not concentrate on making sure the information was accurate or correct. 

Questions

The tabs in this libguide provide you with some criteria or questions to help you evaluate whether a website is useful or not.

  • Who made or created the website?
  • What is included in the website?
  • How up-to-date is the website?
  • Why was the website created?
  • Who is the website for?
  • How does the website work?
  • Where else can you look?

Helpful online information about evaluating websites

Librarian

Acknowledgements

Source: content based on an information sheet written by the Library Coordinator at the International School of Amsterdam (Donna Saxby) in March 2006. It was updated, expanded and re-written by the Head of Library at ISA (Anthony Tilke) in 2013. The information/text was further revised by the Head of Library Services  at UWCSEA: Dover Campus (Anthony Tilke) in 2015.