Q. How do I decide which web sites are academic quality?

How do I evaluate a freely available website to decide which resources from general search engines I can use for my research?


When your professor allows you to use the free web you want to be certain that the information that you are linking to is high quality and appropriate for academic research. A quick guide to consider as you look at a web page is to review:

  • Purpose - The reason the information exists
  • Authority - The source of the information
  • Accuracy - The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
  • Relevance - The importance of the information for your needs
  • Currency - The timeliness of the information

With all of the above information, checking these items outside of the website itself, for instance - what do other people say about the purpose of your website or sponsoring organization? What do other organizations say about the accuracy of the information? Can you check that accuracy against another source? 

The links & files below can help you ask questions to determine the purpose, authority, accuracy, relevance, and currency of a web source.


  • Last Updated Jun 06, 2017
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