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Evaluating Web Resources: Six Criteria

Criteria for evaluating Web resources

Six Criteria for Evaluating Web Resources

Quality, depth and usefulness of content
clear statement of the content, including any intended biases
provides appropriate links to other Web sites
attention to detail; absence of grammatical errors, absence of spelling erros, and so on
Uniqueness of content –– Currency of content
uniqueness of the resources as a whole; creativity
links are kept up-to-date
update frequency is appropriate for the subject matter
Authority of producer
authority and legality clearly stated
if not easily recognizable, an explanation of the history and purpose of the organization
Ease of use—Customer Service
user-friendly design; easy navigation
good search engine
attractive; graphic design leaves good impression
easy output (downloading or printing)
contacts are responsive; e-mail addresses readily available
Efficiency
graphics load quickly or are not so intensive as to seriously degrade access
any required plug-ins are available for easy download
reliable, speedy server
Appropriate use of the Web as a medium
components are well integrated (audio, video, text, and so on)
useful information is still available, even if the user does not have all the plug-ins and media components [example: Flash should not be required for the site to operate effectively]

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