A simple guide to evaluating websites

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Before you start to find the information from a website, it's a good idea to have a quick look at the site itself.

Check out five specific areas:

  • Appearance
  • Authority
  • Date
  • Organisation
  • Level

Appearance – is it nice to look at?

Is the text easy to read?
Are there photographs? Do the photos include labels so you know what’s in the picture?
Are there lots of animations? Are they important to the site?

Authority – can you trust it?

Is the author of the site identified (person or organisation)?
Is there a way to contact the site author?
Are there links to other websites?

Date – when was the page updated?

Can you see a date?
Is the information recent? Does it matter?

Organisation – is the site well organised?

Can you find your way around the site easily?
Can you get to the homepage quickly?
Is there a search button?

Level – can you understand it?

Can you understand the language?
Is there a lot of technical or difficult vocabulary?

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