- Who is responsible for the creation of the site?
- Do they have listed credentials?
- Are they associated with a reputable institution?
- Can you contact them?
- What is the purpose of this site?
- What is the URL of the site and what might that tell you about its purpose?
- What aspects of the site make it difficult/easy to use? (For example: typos, easy navigation, nice layout, images, too much advertising, etc.)
- Where is this information coming from?
- Is there a bibliography or listed references?
- Is the site listed with an established institution?
- When was the site last updated?
- Does the site even have a date?
- Does the currency of the information directly impact your subject?
- Why is this website useful for your research?
- Is it necessary for your research or could you find the information through a better source?
- Why was the websites created?
- To inform? - the author is simply stating informational facts, such as dates.
- To explain? - the author is explaining a subject.
- To entertain? - the author is attempting to entertain the reader.
- To persuade? - the author is striving to change your point of view on a subject.
- To sell? - the author is trying to get you to purchase something.
The CRAAP Test Use this test to evaluate web sites and pages.