College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Evaluation of Websites

Content:

  • Is the audience clear?
  • Is the content well-organized?
  • Is the information unbiased and neutral?
  • Is controversial data cited?
  • Are conclusions consistent with the facts?
  • Are any links provided reputable?
  • Has the information been peer reviewed?

Author(s):

  • Are (is) the author(s) identified?
  • Do the authors have appropriate credential or educational background for the content?
  • Are conflicts of interest stated?
  • Is the purpose of the site educational and defined?

References/Documentation:

  • Are references for each section cited?
  • Are references complete?
  • Are references from reputable sources?
  • Are references from human work?

Design/Site Organization:

  • Is the site easy to navigate and find information?
  • Does the site have a map, index, search or help screen (s)
  • Are there any disclaimers regarding the information?
  • Does the site note that it is not intended to provide medical advice or replace a professional?

Date of Publication:

  • Is the information current?
  • Is the information updated and when was it last updated?

These criteria are adapted from Drug Information Resource and literature retrieval by Marie Abate, PSAP Book 5, 4th edition 2002

Last Updated: 6/9/16