Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Asking questions when reviewing websites 2
What is the content?
- Is the page organized?
- Are their grammar errors?
- What language is being used?
- Are the links relevant and appropriate?
- Is the content biased (liberal, conservative, association/advocacy groups, businesses, etc.?
- Questions such as these look at the content to allow the reader to evaluate if it is a reputable source?
- These are a few questions readers need to ask.
How old is the content?
- When was the website updated?
- When was the website revised?
- Do any links used in content lead to working pages or unavailable pages?
- Is the webpage up to date with current research?
- Is it useful?
- Does it support or argue against an argument or main point of the page?
- Does it support arguments with evidence?
- Does it provide information that can be challenged and provide partial information?
Asking questions when reviewing websites
What is the purpose?
- Informing the reader: What is being informed?
- Entertaining the reader: Is this meant for entertainment purposes?
- Sharing information with the reader: What does the author share with the reader?
- Advertising/selling: Is the author trying to sell a product, service or similar concept?
- Advocacy: Is the author trying to influence views, beliefs, elections, pros/cons and more?
- Recruitment: Is the author trying to encourage membership?
- Current news & information: Is the reader providing updates such as sports, events, tv, news, etc.?
- Questions such as these address the purpose of the page. The reader evaluates the author's purpose of the source?
- These are some examples of types of purposes authors present in articles.
Who is the Author?
- Is the author a government agency?
- Is the author a higher education institution?
- Is the author a business?
- Is the author an association?
- Is the author a news source?
- Is the author an individual?
- Is the author anonymous?
What is the background of the author?
- Is there information on the author's background and can it be verified?
- Is the author qualified to speak on the subject being written?
- Questions such as these addresses if the content is correct or biased?