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Evaluation Criteria for
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When evaluating websites, the healthcare consumer
should keep 5 criteria in mind: Accuracy, Authority, Objectivity, Currency
Is the information reliable and error-free?
What is the purpose of the document and why was it
Is there an editor or someone who verifies/checks
Are references cited?
Can the information be verified in other sources?
Who publishes the site?
Who is sponsoring the site? Is the publisher separate
from the sponsor?
What institution publishes the site ?
What type of URL is the website? .gov, .edu, .com,
Is the author qualified to be writing on their subject(s)?
Is there a way of contacting the author?
If the page does not include a signature or indicate
a sponsor, is there another way to determine its origin?
Does the information presented show a minimum of
Is any potential bias acknowledged?
What are the goals/objectives for the site, articles?
What opinions (if any) are expressed by the author?
Is the page or site promoting a particular viewpoint?
Are there advertisements on the site?
If site is interactive, is the user informed about
how information will be used?
Is the information dated?
When was the page last revised or updated?
How current are existing links? Have some expired
What topics does the site cover?
What does this site offer that cannot be found elsewhere?
Is the information presented cited correctly?
Are there references for more information?
Is the material presented appropriately for the target
Do the existing links strengthen the material or
just embellish it?
Are the pages a balance of text and images, or it
is all images?
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