Website Evaluation


How to Evaluate a Website

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The most important question to ask yourself when evaluating a website for reliability is, “Who is the authority behind this information?” To find that authority, you must exercise lateral reading. Instead of digging down vertically on a website and checking off criteria boxes, you want to open a new tab and read laterally to find out what person or organization is behind this information. For facts, you can consult these fact-checking sites:




Here is some criteria you can measure your website against, but only in conjunction with lateral reading:

Authority, Accuracy, Coverage, Currency, Objectivity.