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EME 2040: Introduction to Technology for Educators: Website Evaluation

Website Evaluation LibGuide

Website Evaluation Sites

Check out these other sites with tutorials on website evaluation. There are many other good tutorials and websites available.

For evaluating Medical and Health information, see also:

Video Tutorial

Web Evaluation Basics

There are several similar ways to remember the criteria for evaluating websites. Click on the Title of each for more explanation and a PDF handout.

CRAAP (Cal State Universiy-Chico)

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose

5 Questions (Univ. of California, Berkeley
Click here for a checklist 

  • What can the URL tell you? (domain, publisher)
  • Answer these questions- scan perimeter of page (about us, philosophy, background, biography, currency, credentials, etc.)
  • Look for indicators of quality information (links, documentation/footnotes, credibility)
  • What do others say? (linking pages, listed in a reputable directory, what others say about the author)
  • Does it all add up? (why was page put on web, purpose, is this as reliable as resource as you would find in a library?)

Google Search Tips

Google Search Operators
      (adding symbols and words to your search)

Search Using Quotation Marks
      To search for a phrase, to find words side-by-side in a particular order
      Examples:        "United States"       "Civil War"

Search by Suffiix 
      To search for sites bearing a particular suffix, like .edu, gov., etc.
      After typing your search terms, type the following:
            site:.edu    (will only show educational institutions .edu sites)
            site:.gov    (will only show U.S. government .gov sites
            site:.org     (will only show nonprofit .org sites)