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This guide provides criteria for evaluating websites and web pages.

Web evaluation

It's important to evaluate websites that you rely on for information.

There are a wide range of materials available online - from blogs to government reports. This guide provides ways to determine if a website contains reliable information.

Use the tabs at the top of the page to learn about each criterion of website evaluation.

Guide Authors

Claudia Ruediger and Matt Olsen are responsible for the content of this guide.

Websites vs. web pages

When using web resources it is important to keep in mind what you are looking at. Doing so will help you successfully cite and evaluate your sources.

  • A web page is an individual document that resides on the internet and can be accessed with a web browser.
  • A website is a collection of web pages that share a common publisher and web address.

For example, an individual news story is a web page that resides at the website for the newspaper, such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that publishes the story.