Anyone can make information accessible on the Internet, so it's very important to be able to recognise a website that is accurate, current and reliable. It's up to you to evaluate the appropriateness of the information presented.
Points to consider when looking at the accuracy of a webpage:
Look for links that indicate credentials – ‘about us’, ‘contact’ etc.
Are the authors qualified to provide information on the subject?
Are there links to related pages?
Are the pages well organised, and complete?
Do the links work?
Does the information make sense?
Take this to test your knowledge. There are only two questions.
Points for you to consider when checking if a website is current:
Is the information current enough for your purpose?
Does the website have a date?
Is the web page updated regularly?
Does the web page include a copyright date?
Are there recent updates or a "What's New" section?
Are the web page links current or dead?
Try this There are three questions.
Ask the following questions to help you determine who created the website.
Can you tell who wrote it?
Are they reputable?
Have they provided you with contact information (email address, phone number or address)?
Are there links to "About us", "FAQ", "Background" or "Biography" to find out more information about the authors?
Is it a social networking site? (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, LinkedIn, Blogs, Forums, Instagram, Viber or Skype)
Is it a government, commercial or an organisational site?