Resources for Evaluating Websites
Middle and High School Web Evaluation Checklists
Rubrics, by Tammy Payton, are based on a 100-point scale, beginning with
"Critical Evaluation Surveys," on Kathy Schrock's Guide
for Educators site, also begins with design features.
Quality Information Checklist
is highly graphical and includes a quiz. Discusses bias and implies that good
sites are balanced.
Cautions about Checklists --
Stimulated by "Chucking the Checklist: A Contextual Approach to Teaching
Undergraduates Web-Site Evaluation," by Marc Meola. portal: Libraries and
the Academy 4, no. 3 (2004): 331-344.
- Can become too mechanistic and may stress less important aspects of
information sources (especially checklists that examine appearance and
- By stressing evaluating free websites, may be giving impression that the
best sources are on the free web somewhere, whereas the best sources are often
not on the free web, but rather in published articles and books, either
available in online databases or in print
- One source isn't enough anyway -- suggest finding more than one source to
up the reliability factor
Holman Weisbard, University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian,
June 21, 2005.