Let’s face it–there is a lot of information available on the Internet! How do you determine if it’s GOOD information, especially if you want to use it for research?


  • Who wrote this information, and why?
  • What credentials or expertise does the author have in the subject area?
  • Is the information fact-based, or opinion-based?
  • Who owns or is sponsoring the website?



  • Who is the intended audience? Is it for scholars, the community, or private groups?
  • Does the site include a mission statement?
  • What is the purpose of the site? Is it to inform, instruct, persuade, or to sell?



  • Is the information biased? If so, does the author acknowledge these biases?
  • Does the author present alternative points of view?
  • Does the website sponsor have any vested interests that could cause bias?



  • Is the information contained in this site correct?
  • How accurate is other information within the site?



  • Where does the information come from?
  • Does the author provide references or a bibliography?
  • If references are listed, are they from primary or secondary sources? Are the references themselves trustworthy?
  • Do the links to references work, or are they broken?



  • When was the site last updated?
  • Have there been any new developments or changes in that subject since it was created? Is it outdated?
  • How current are the sources listed as references?



  • How will using this source contribute to your research?
  • Is this type of resource permitted by your professor?