Website Evaluation Tutorial

Importance of Evaluating Websites

The World Wide Web was originally designed as a medium to exchange scientific and military research data. Today the Web has opened up so that scholars, researchers, average Joes, and even idiots can make anything and everything a few mouse clicks away. Students and scholars must carefully evaluate websites before using information from them.

There are no "rules" for publishing something on the Web. Many websites are not good sources of scholarly information and may not be accurate or objective. There is also no guarantee that the information you looked at last week will be there next week!

The ability to critically evaluate information is an important skill in today's information age. One common error is to use only one criteria when evaluating a website. Instead, use as many of the ABCDE criteria as you can when evaluating websites.