Evaluating Web Documents
Criteria for Evaluating Web Documents Suitability As an Educational or Research Resource
Assumption: Information for educational/research purposes will be cited, so authors will want to be sure that readers will be able to access citations that verify their claims.
Is there an indication whether this document is the first version or not? Documents which are in their third or fourth or twenty-fifth version have been reviewed, corrected and updated by their authors. Ususally the author has received feedback from others in their field and made appropriate changes in light of new information.
8. Scope of document
Examples of primary information would be letters, poems, stories, original research, etc. Secondary information is analysis or critiques of primary information. Tertiary information summarizes secondary information, such as encyclopedia or other reference articles. Is the type of information in the document appropriate for the educational/research purpose?
11. Juried/Peer Review
12. Stature of author in the field
Is the person who wrote this information a professional or expert in the topic or field? Does the author work for an institution or organization which has a stake in the accuracy, completeness, and authority of this information?
Is there evidence of the information being presented from a particular perspective or bias which would call into question the validity of the information? Is it sexist, racist, etc.? Does the author deal with information which might contradict or call into question the information presented in the document?
14. Support/Documentation of resources used
15. Logical fallacies
16. Opportunity/invitation to respond
by Dean, University Library Diane Dates Casey