Determine if and why the author is qualified to write about the subject.
Explore the credentials and/or other writing of the author to see if s/he is an expert on the subject.
Identify and explain at least three reasons why this source is good.
What editing or review processes were used by the publisher that helped ensure the accuracy and quality of this source.
The User Context: The most important factor when evaluating Web sites is your search, your needs. What are you using the Web for? Entertainment? Academic work? Hobbies or avocational interests? Scholarly sources are traditionally very strongly text-based. Compare the appearance and the content of an academic journal with a popular magazine.
The Web Context: Some of the visual distinctions that signal the nature of content in print sources hold true on the Web as well, although, because the Web encourages wider use of graphics, Web versions of printed works usually contain more graphics and more color than their print counterparts. Color graphics appeared on the New York Times Web site before they appeared in the printed New York Times, for instance.
(source: Olin Library Reference, Research & Learning Services, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY, USA)
This checklist was compiled from "Evaluating Web Resources" from The Cheng Library, William Paterson University.