Is the information developed and published by a credible source?
Government Site: .gov, .mil, .us, .ca
Educational Institution: .edu
Nonprofit Organization: .org (not always the case)
Commercial Site: .com, .net (not always the case)
2. Identify the purpose for publishing information on the Internet.
If the site is governmental or educational (.gov or .edu), has it clearly identified the author's identity?
If the site is .org, .com, or .net, is there information on the site that describes the organization, agency, or company's identity and why the information is being published?
If the site is .org, .com, or .net, find out if the organization, agency, or company is being sponsored by other reputable organizations.
Is the purpose of the site to generate revenue in some way?
3. Check for tilde ~ in the URL.
A tilde ~ in the URL indicates that this information was published by an individual and may not reflect the originating domain.
Is the author stated with his/her email address?
What qualifications does this author have for publishing this information?
Testing the Validity of the Content:
Is the content rich and valid for this research?
Does the content cite other resources that were used when creating this information?
Does the content have limited advertising and does the domain clearly state the reasons for presenting this information?
Does this resource include the name of the institution or organization hosting or funding this information?
Does it state when this resource was created?
Does it state when this resource was last updated?
Do all the links still work?
How does the resource compare with other similar resources on the Internet?