Consider the source of a webpage.
If the source cannot be determined, tread very carefully!
Once you have determined the creator of website, consider the authority of the site.
Depending on your topic, you made need information from a specific time period - either the most recent news possible, or information published before a certain date or event.
Accuracy can be difficult to determine on the internet since anyone can publish anything they wish, and there are no accepted standards for citations online. Here are some questions to ask yourself about websites:
Many websites present strong opinions and might ignore certain facts that contradict their positions. Ask yourself these questions to determine the site's potential for bias:
Biased websites can be excellent examples of media depictions, grassroots reactions, or evidence of what kinds of arguments are used when dealing with sensitive topics - just be careful to check any facts that the website presents before using them as evidence in a paper.
Websites vary greatly in terms of how deep their treatment of a topic goes. When looking for scholarly material online, ask yourself:
Look aren't everything, but it says something about the care put into a site's creation if a website is a mess of broken links, clashing fonts, and dancing gifs.
For my favorite badly designed website, click here. Much of the internet looked like this in the late 1990s. Be glad that you live today!