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How to Search for Books and Articles: Websites

This LibGuide will help students find books and articles. It also provides information on ALA and MLA citation styles.

Evaluating Websites

Here are some questions you can ask yourself when considering whether or not to use a web site:


  • Is the correct spelling and grammar used?
  • Is the writing clear and concise?
  • Can you verify the information. Is it accurate?


  • Who is the author? Can you contact him or her?
  • Is there a link to the author's qualifications?
  • Is the author an expert in his/her field?
  • Have others cited the author?
  • Have other web pages linked to this website?
  • What is the domain of the document? (.edu .gov .org .com or personal page)


  • Does this website have a bias?
  • Is there a commercial or organizational interest associated with the website?
  • Is the website based on facts or opinions?
  • How detailed is the information?


  • When was the document created? Has it been updated?
  • Does the website provide current information, or is it primarily for historical purposes?


  • How complete and thorough is the coverage of the information presented?
  • Does it have links to other websites? Do they lead to relevant documents?
  • If the website presents opinions, rather than facts, are these opinions identifiable?


  • Is the website directed to a specific audience? Is the information for a scholar of the subject, or a layperson with little or no knowledge?
  • Are references available for scholarly research?
  • Is the content of the website appropriate for your research?


  • How does this website compare with others on the same subject?
  • Does the website contain references to other websites, articles, books, etc.
  • Does the information agree or disagree with an accepted point of view?


  • Is the website easy to read? Are the instructions clear?
  • Are there links to other pages and back to the home page? Are links up-to-date and active?
  • Is the site well-organized and easy to navigate?
  • Is a text version available?
  • Is the site visually appealing?
  • Is the information all images, or is there a balance of text and images?
  • Is the information user-friendly?

Works consulted

  • College Training and Development handout (1998)
  • American Federation of Teachers (Feb. 2000) article
  • Internet Research source, LIS 2004, lesson 6.



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