Remember the following
Who authored (wrote) the site?
Try doing a Google search on the author.
If no information about author(s) of the page is provided, be suspicious.
Who published the site?
Look at the domain name of the website to learn who is hosting the site. For instance, the Mount Saint Mary's Univerisity Library website is: http://www..msmary/library. The domain name is “msmary.edu”. That tells you that the library’s website is hosted by the Mount's library. Do a search on the domain name at http://www.whois.sc/. This site provides information about the owners of registered domain names.
Don't ignore the suffix of the domain name. Usually, these are descriptive of the type of entity hosts the site. It is possible for sites to have misleading domains. See the domain names box to see what suffixes usually mean.
What is the quality of information provided on the website?
Timelines: When was the website first published? Is it regularly updated? Check for the dates at each page on the site.
Citations: Websites that cite their sources are considered more reliable. It shows that the author has done his/her homework.
Links on the site: Are links on the site to reputable sites?
What is the main purpose of the site? Why did the author write it and the publisher post it?
How does it all add up?
Do you know what each domain means?
.CO= company, commercial
.EDU= higher education