Website Evaluation Webquest:

If its on the internet it must be true - right??

Tips for deciding if a website is reliable:

  • Use a search engine like Sweet Search
  • Think about the author's purpose
  • Be inquisitive! Look all around the website, try all the links, check for obvious errors
  • Beware of phony URLs
  • Ask the librarian! :)

Always check your resources for the 5 W's

What are the 5 W's?


  • Does the URL give you any clue about the author or source? examples: .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government),
    .org (nonprofit organization), or .net (network)
  • Is there any contact information like an email address?
  • Is there an author's name provided?


  • What kind of information is included?
  • Does it include more facts than opinions?
  • Does it provide different points of view?
  • Are references provided for data and quotations?


  • How recent is the information?
  • When was the website last updated?
  • Is it current enough for you to use?


  • Where does the information come from? Is it cited?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Have you seen this information somewhere else or did you already know it? Does it make sense?


  • What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
  • Is the purpose stated?
  • Is it biased?

Time to investigate:

Below you will find the links to 9 different websites. Some of these are reliable and some of them are not. Your job is to thoroughly explore each of the sites using the 5 W's test. Then use the results of your exploration to decide if the site would be considered reliable. Would you want to use these sites for a research project? Why or why not? Have fun!

Continue your journey...

Here are few other website links that you can follow . They will give you a peak into some of what you may find when you search the internet. But beware! Do not trust everything that you see, read or hear online!! Remember that when you search online you must always check your sources.