It's important to remember that anyone can post anything on the Web. The five steps below will help you quickly discern good Websites from bad.
1. Determine Purpose - Is the purpose of the Website to sell a product/service or convince the user of a particular opinion? Is the information site relevant to the topic?
2. Authority - What are the author's credentials? Does he/she have the necessary education or professional experience to be a known or respected source? Or, is the sponsoring organization qualified in its field? Can you contact the author through email or other contact information?
3. ACCURACY - Do the links work?
Do you find spelling or grammatical errors? - if so, you may want to re-consider
the credibility of the website. Are footnotes or bibliographies provided
that support the author's information? Is the Website designed to be an
informational page or a entertainment site?
4. Timeliness - Is the site current enough for your research? Is a copyright or revision date posted?
5. Balanced Treatment - Is the site fair and objective? Is it an advocacy site? Can you spot the author's point of view?
The above guidelines are derived from the following Websites: