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Evaluating Web Sources

In today's information-laden world, you have an enormous amount of info. that's just a click or a tap away. And on top of that, anyone can be an author/editor on the Web!  Plus, different sites deliver different information for different purposes. 

Because there is so much available to you, you have to be the editor. This means you have to be a discriminating consumer of information by evaluating sources. Use the CRAAP method.

How recently has the website been updated?
Is it current enough for your topic?
Is the website actively maintained?

How is the info. presented?
Is it relevant to the topic?
What is the readership level? Too easy? Too hard?

Who is the creator or author?
What are the author’s credentials? Can you verify them?
Are there advertisements on the website?
Is the site free of spelling, grammar, usage mistakes?

Can you verify the information with other sites?
Does the info. Match your understanding of the topic?
Does the site contain a bibliography?

Purpose / Point of View
Is the purpose stated?
Is this fact or opinion?
Is it biased? What is the perspective? Is it balanced?
Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
What type of domain is it? (.gov .com .edu .net .org .us)
Identify the site's purpose and determine if it suits your purpose.
        PERSONAL: to showcase biographic data, often called "vanity pages" 
        PROMOTIONAL: to sell or promote a product
        CURRENT: to provide extremely up-to-date information like news sites
        INFORMATIONAL: to share information on a particular topic
        ADVOCACY/PERSUASIVE: to use as propaganda to sway you to particular point of view
        INSTRUCTIONAL: to teach you something or a course of study
        REGISTRATIONAL: to register for courses, information, and products
        ENTERTAINMENT: to provide leisurely entertainment