Website Evaluation Form
URL of the Page that You Wish to Use: __________________________
|Title of the article or Web page:|
|Web Site Title:|
|Date You Visited/found the page you are using:|
|1.Professional Appearance: Do the links work? Are there any noticeable spelling or grammatical errors? Bad graphics or loud, obnoxious colors or pictures?|
| 2. How much advertising on the site? A lot? Very little? What type of advertising?
|1. Who is the SPONSOR of this site? In other words, who put this site on the internet?|
|2. Is there an About Us link/page? Is there a Contact Us link/page?|
|3. If the web page is located on a specific organization’s web site, what do you know about the organization? Do some research (HINTS: “About Us” link on their page. You can also GOOGLE the organization or sponsor to find out more about them.)|
|4. Are the web pages intended to be entertaining, educational, business related, or personal opinions? HOW do you know?|
|5. Is there a contact address for the author of the content on the page or web document?|
|2. Is the material from original research, experiments, observation, interviews, books and documents? What is the information based on?
|3. Why is this material on the Internet? What is the author’s and sponsor’s purpose for posting it? (Information? Research? Marketing? Persuasion to a point of view?)|
|4. When was the material you are looking at posted on the website?|
| 5. Does the information contribute to your research in a significant way? Describe:6. Can you see an opinion or point of view in this material? We call this a bias. It may be OK to use materials that have a bias, but it is important for you as a researcher to be aware of what the bias is, and “consider the source.”
|1. Can you CLEARLY and QUICKLY identify the author of the web page/document you are using?|
|2. Can you determine what the author’s credentials are? (HINT: Google the author’s name- put it in quotation marks so that it searches the first and last name together)|
|3. Has the author written anything else? If yes, what else? List titles and type of source (books, journal article, etc.) below:|
|4. Can you determine where the author gathered the information (i.e. Is a bibliography = list of sources provided)? A bibliography is like “Works Cited.”|
Final Summary: Do you plan to use this Web page as a resource for your paper? Explain why or why not.