To assure that the information is accurate To avoid being deceived To get a good grade
Is the author of the site given? Is he/she reputable? Can I find information about the author? Is the site created by an organization? Can I find information about the organization?
It is difficult to judge the authority of the writer of the website. For help look at: The domain:.edu,.com,.org,.net A header or footer that indicates the authors affiliation Example: http://westernreservepublicmedia.org http://westernreservepublicmedia.org What can you say about this site?
Is the information on the site true? Can I verify it? Are the grammar and spelling correct?
How old is the information? Is there a copyright date? Has the site been updated?
What is the focus of the site? Is the site easy to navigate? Are there clear headings so that I know what the site is about?
Is there a sponsor for the site? Does that sponsor have an issue? Are inflammatory words used on the site?
Is there bias in the information given on the site? What is the site trying to do? Lets look at an example. FAIR Federation for American Immigration Reform: http://www.fairus.org/homehttp://www.fairus.org/home What are the writers of the site trying to do? Is this an unbiased presentation of the information?