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Evaluating Online Information: Checklist for Evaluating Online Sources

A guide to evaluating information in online environments.


Not all sources are created equally! Use this checklist to evaluate your sources.


  • Is the information reliable?
  • Are the sources of information clearly identified...can they be verified?
  • Is it apparent that an editor or author exists and that the information is checked for accuracy?


  • Who says?  Is the author a recognized authority on the topic?
  • What are the author's credentials or qualifications?  Are they stated?
  • Is the author affiliated with a reputable organization, such as a university or a government or non-profit agency?


  • Is the site kept up-to-date?
  • When was the site last updated?


  • Does the content show bias?
  • Is the site trying to sell something?


  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What is covered?  What is missing?
  • Will this site be there tomorrow?  Next year?

Ease of use

  • Can you find the information you need or is the site difficult to navigate and hard to read?
  • Is there a search tool or a site map?

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UNM-Taos Library Summer Hours
Beginning May 16th
8 AM to 5 PM
Monday - Friday
6-foot social distancing precaution strongly encouraged.

Masks optional but encouraged.

Hours subject to change.
Items can always be returned to our blue return box outside our door 24-7.

Pueblo Hall East; 1157 County Road 110
Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557
Phone: (575) 737-6242