When accessing websites there are a number of factors that should be considered when deciding if the site you are accessing is a valid or reliable source of information. These include but are not limited to:
Who is the author or owner of the site?
Is the author qualified on the subject of the site?
Is the author promoting fact or opinion?
Can the author be contacted?
The following indicates where the site has originated and gives you a good indication if the site is valid:
.com = a commercial organisation eg a business
.edu = a place of learning eg a school or university
.org = a non-profit organisation eg Greenpeace
.gov = a government department or level of government eg Wyong Shire Council
.mil = military
.au or .uk etc = indicates the country of origin eg au for Australia
What is the purpose of the site? Is the site trying to sell you something or is it purely educational?
Are there any biases that might be promoted? Even non-profit organisations can be biased at times.
Up to Date
How recent is the material? This is particularly important when collecting resources for assignments.
Is the site updated regularly and are the links maintained?
Is the information contained on the site validated by other sources?
Does the information make sense?
Further information is available at:
Board of Studies: All my own work
Victorian Department of Education