► Is the author of the information named?
► What are the author's qualifications and expertise?
► Who sponsors the website?
► Is the sponsor of the page reputable? How reputable?
► Is there a link to information about the author and/or the sponsor and/or a way to contact them?
► Are there links to any other organization(s) that supplies information to the website?
► If the page includes neither a signature nor indicates a sponsor, is there a way to determine its origin?
Check for a header or footer showing affiliation.
Check the URL. http://www.fbi.gov
Check the domain. .edu, .com, .org, .net
Check for an "About Us" link.
Why is this important?
► Anyone can publish anything on the web.
► Qualifications can bolster confidence in the information presented.
► Authorship and/or sponsorship can be an indication of bias or limited viewpoint.