Humanities 68 World Mythology Shannon: Webpages and evaluation

Fall 2016 (Reynoso)

Web pages and Authority

Authority (credentials)

Who is presenting this information, and what are their related qualifications? Is there an individual author listed, or is the information coming from a group or organization? If an individual author is listed, can you determine if they have relevant education and experience?  If a group/organization authored the material, who are they?

Bias (objectivity)

What is the purpose of this web site? Is it designed to present factual information as a public service, or is its purpose to persuade readers to adopt a particular viewpoint? Does it exist to make a profit? Researchers can use biased information as long as they proceed with caution. Put biased information into context and be sure to double-check statistics and “facts” from biased sights against reliable, non-biased sources.

Currency (time-frame)

Is the material current enough to support your research?

For more in-depth evaluation, use the Web Evaluation Checklist  Remember you can come across sites like this!

Evaluating Web Pages by address

Structure of web page address/URL (Uniform Resource Locator):

www .ChabotCollege (name of site).edu (edu=Higher Education)





generally a commercial organization, business, or company


a higher-educational institution, generally in the U.S.


a government organization in the U.S.


suggested for a noncommercial community, but used by a variety of sites

Country code (two letters) for a country or other geographic entity—include  .us (United States), .fr (France), or .jp (Japan)

UC Berkeley's Tutorial on evaluating websites:

Odd Web