College Readiness Skills and Resources: Evaluating Websites

This guide contains resources and tools for high school students, teachers, and librarians related to writing, research and study skills that will help ease the transition to college.

Criteria for Evaluating Websites

How do you know if a website is trustworthy?  This page provides links to handouts, resources and tutorials focused on Evaluating Websites.

Websites - How do you know if it is reliable?

Infographic credible source list for evaluating websites

The ABC's of evaluating a website

  • Authority - who is behind the website?
  • Bias - is the information biased?
  • Currency - when was the site updated?
  • Documentation - are the sources cited?

Evaluating Websites

WHO IS??? Find out who is really behind a website . . .

Who Is logo

Test your skills at evaluating websites

Fact Checking

Crash Course - Navigating Digital Information #3

Look to your left. Look to your right. Look at this video. Today, John Green is going to teach you how to read laterally, using multiple tabs in your browser to look stuff up and fact check as you read. Real-time fact-checking can help you figure out what's real and what's not on the internet.  (2019)

How to Evaluate a Website

Evaluating Websites   (Oklahoma City Comm. College)

Domain names

Domain names provide a clue as to the reliability of the information available at a website, however, it is not a guarantee of quality and accuracy.

Table of domain names and URLs

  • Educational Websites--Websites ending in .edu belong to schools and universities.
  • Government Websites--Websites ending in .gov belong to the U.S. government (Federal, State and Local). Information found on these sites are generally considered reliable. Click here for a complete list of U.S. government websites.
  • Corporate and Organization Websites--Websites ending in .com or .org belong to businesses or interest communities.  They are created to influence the viewer, to sell products or ideas.

Evaluating a website's purpose

Evaluating Websites: The C.R.A.P. test

Infographic Evaluating Websites: The C.R.A.P. test