Texas Schoolmarm

Conducting Credible Online Research

Evaluating Information
for Accuracy
& Validity


•Who is the author?
•What authority does s/he have on this topic?
•Who is the publisher of the information?
•What is the relationship between the author of the web page and the publisher?


•When was the data gathered?
•What dates do the data cover?
•When was the document last updated?


•Can the information be verified?
•Are the sources documented in a bibliography?
•If data (statistics) is included, is the way it was gathered clearly explained?


•Is the mission or purpose of the website clearly identified?
•Is the site trying to sell you a product, service, or idea?
•Is information on the site documented with references?
•Is the information balanced?


•Is this the right web page for you?
•How deeply is the topic covered? Does the information present a simple, surface coverage, or does it attempt to address the topic's complexity?
•Does the author display a breadth of knowledge on the subject?
•Coverage is really the sum total of all the other critera: authority, accuracy, bias, and currency.

The ABC's of web literacy. (2005). Retrieved January 21, 2005.
Alexander, J., & Tate, M.A. (1999). Evaluating web resources. Retrieved January 23, 2005.
Beck, S.E. (2004). The good, the bad, and the ugly or why it's good to evaluate web sources. Retrieved January 23, 2005.

Steps to Take

Helpful Links

Infopeople: Best Search Engines
Best Search Tools Chart
Internet DetectiveTutorial
Evaluating & Searching Guide
Sample Product
Lesson Plan

View a short video about our unit: Research--Its a Process!
(RealPlayer, 6.5MB, 01.43 sec.)

Or view the video in
Windows Media Player

(wmv, 2.5MB, 01.43 sec.)