QUICK -- The QUality Information ChecKlist

  • 8 Ways of Checking Information on Websites

  1. Is it clear who has written the information?
    • Look for the name of the author: in the title or bottom of the page (May be able to find only the company or organization)
    • Find additional information about the author or organization online. See if you can find where they are from, who the work for, prior work.
    • See if you can find the author's contact information. (Bottom of page, "Contact" button, or "About Us" button)
  2. Are the aims of the site clear?
    • Look for the site's purpose: who it is for, what it is about & what it is trying to do.
      • Look at the menu (links to other pages on the site)
      • Is it written for adults or children?
      • Is it written for a beginner in the subject or for someone who has a great deal of background knowledge?
    • Possible purposes for a website:
      • provide information
      • educate
      • provide links to other sources
      • put you in touch with other people
      • sell you something
      • entertain
  3. Does the site achieve its aims?
    • Has the site answered your informational need? Has it told you what it said it would?
    • Are there diagrams, pictures or charts to help illustrate what is being said?
  4. Is the site relevant to me?
    • What do you want to know from this site? (What questions do you need the site to answer?)
    • Look at titles or section headings to learn what each part is about and whether you will likely find your answers there.
  5. Can the information be checked?
  6. When was the site produced?
  7. Is the information biased in any way?
  8. Does the site tell you about choices open to you?

From: http://www.avon.k12.ct.us/enrichment/enrich/quickgr4-0.htm

RADCAB -- Your Vehicle for Information Evaluation

  • Relevancy -- Is the information relevant to the question at hand? Am I on the right track?
  • Appropriateness -- Is the information suitable to my age and core values?
  • Detail -- How much information do I need? Is the depth of coverage adequate?
  • Currency -- When was the information published or last updated?
  • Authority -- Who is the author of the information? What are his or her qualifications?
  • Bias -- Why was this information written? Was it written to inform me, persuade me, entertain me, or sell me something?

  • RADCAB Rubric available on the website
  • Created by Karen M. Christensson, MS Library Media Education