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Factors to look for in evaluating websites include:
- Can you identify the author or where the information is coming from?
- What are the credentials of the author? (schooling, work experience, previous writing, affiliation)
- Is there any obvious bias?
- Who sponsors the website?
- Is it fact or opinion?
- Are sources provided?
- Is the website dated or is there any information about when it was last updated?
- Do the links work?
- What is and is not provided?
- Does it look professional?
- Are there simple spelling or grammar mistakes?
- Is the website sponsored or affiliated with a known organization?
- What is the purpose of the website?
- Who is the target audience?
Always make sure to look at websites with a critical eye. If you have questions about the legitimacy of a website or its information, try to verify it or speak to a librarian.
Guidelines for Evaluating Legal Information Online
Guidelines are intended to help members of the general public assess law-related websites. They identify some of the issues to consider when deciding whether a website provides trustworthy and up-to-date information, suitable for a particular law-related information need.
UC Berkeley Techniques for Evaluating Web Pages
University of California Berkeley library presents techniques to use and questions to ask when evaluating web pages.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of books, movies, software, music, websites, and more and is continuing to grow.
TV News Archive
Launched in 2012, the TV News archive uses the closed captioning for the programs to allow users to search, quote, and borrow TV news programs. The materials go back to 2009 and has clips from over 1.6 million programs.
Launched in 1996, the wayback machine is a web archive of over 150 billion web captures from over 200 million websites. This is a great tool for finding the content of webpages at certain dates or for finding content that is no longer available on the web.
- Google and Yahoo are estimated to cover only 3% to 34% of documents available on the Internet
- Much Internet exists as the "Invisible Web", hidden from search engines for a number of reasons:
- Site requires registration
- Site is fee-based or licensed
- Site is behind a firewall or on an intranet
- Site is dynamically generated
Launched in 2005 - web portal with search engine.
Launched in 2005 - search for web sites, images, news, blogs, video, maps and directions, local search and shopping.
Launched in 2009 by Microsoft - search engine.
Launched in 1996.
Touted as "the search engine that doesn't track you", this search engine does not have ads that track you or keep track of your history.
Founded in 2000 - the green search engine.
Advanced Search · Preferences · Language Tools · Advertising Programs - Business Solutions. Launched in 1998.
Launched in 1996 - search web, news, weather, shop, and more.
Metasearch engine available in 6 languages (English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish).
Launched in 1994. Search, free online games, e-mail, free blogs & websites, videos & movies, news, weather and more.
Search engine - powered by CBS.
Launched in 2009 - Computational Knowledge Search Engine.
Launched as directory in 1995 and developed into a web portal with search engine.
Launched in 2010 when it acquired Clusty - meta search engine.
Meta search engine providing efficient search tips.
Wikipedia describes itself as "the free encyclopedia anyone can edit." Read Wikipedia's ever-growing list of disclaimers--"Wikipedia Makes No Guarantee of Validity." It's not a good idea to rely on the information you find here--you can use it to start your research, but never quote from it in a research paper. It also should never be the only place that you look when you are researching.