|AUTHORITY / RESPONSIBILITY
||Who is the author of the page? Is it an individual or a group? What are the author's qualifications to speak on this issue?
||Look for authorship, responsible party information in top & side navigation bars, page headers, footers.
||How would you describe the content of the page? What is the purpose of the page? (To entertain? To inform? To persuade? To deceive?)
||Read "About." links or look for mission statements to determine the purpose of the site.
||When was the page last updated? Do the links work?
||Look for evidence of currency by checking the footer for last update.
||How objectively is the content presented? Is more than one side given?
||Check out bias, advocacy. Examine the URL: ".com" usually means selling you something is the bottom line. ".org" can signal advocacy for a cause. "~" in the address commonly signifies a personal page. ".gov" or ".edu" are generally more authoritative sites, but examine any site closely.
||Are there any misspellings or errors on the page?
||Examine the body of the page for 1)typos or other mistakes that can indicate whether or not the content is reliable
2)sources or footnotes for any statistics or facts presented
||Would this page be an appropriate source for a research paper? Why or why not?
||Do your answers to the questions above add up to a good source?