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Music History 3513: Web Resources

Criteria for Web Site Evaluation

Critical evaluation of web sites is very important.  The following critieria are among those used to assess the value and reliability of individual sites:

  • Accuracy   Are statistics, quotes, details, or references provided?  Are any of the sources from peer reviewed publicatons?
  • Authority  What are the credentials or background of the person/organization responsible for the web site?
  • Bias/Objectivity Is the information biased due to viewpoints of the organization or author creating the site? What is the source of the information?
  • Completeness   Does the information provide a well-rounded assessment of the topic?
  • Currency   Is the information current?   Is the site currently maintained and frequently updated?


Evaluating Web Sites