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Evaluating the World Wide Web: Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages

Five Criteria

Five Criteria for evaluating web pages for academic use and high-level research use:

Accuracy        If your page lists the author and institution that published the page and provides a way of contacting him/her and... 

Authority       If your page lists the author credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu; .gov; .org; or .net) and ...

Objectivity    If your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective in presenting the information, and ...

Currency       If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date, and ...

Coverage       If you can view the information properly--not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirements, then ...

You may have a higher quality Web page that could be of value to your research