When evaluating sources, use the five W’s listed below.
Check the author of the site, sponsor, and contact info. Is it written by a professional in the field or somebody with knowledge of the subject?
Is the information accurate, documented, well-researched?
Is the article date-stamped? What is the ‘last updated status’? Are the links still working? Was it published recently enough to still be accurate?
Is the information relevant, adequate, audience-appropriate? Is it a primary or secondary account?
What is the purpose of the article or website? Its intent or influence? Check for bias!
Databases vs. Websites