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Evaluating Websites

Perspective

As you evaluate a website, ask yourself the following questions.

  • What is the purpose of the site? If it is a non-profit organization, what is their mission statement?
  • Are they trying to sell you something?
  • Is the site trying to persuade you to support a certain position? If so, what is it?
  • Does the site seem to promote a particular agenda?
  • Does the author address counterarguments to his or her positions?
  • What is the mission statement of the organization publishing the site?
  • What does the “about us” section tell you about the website?
    • If the site does not include an "about us" or equivalent section, this is a red flag indicated that you might not want to use the site. A credible website will clearly communicate who publishes it and why.