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When selecting resources for library media collections, selection criteria have always considered:
bulletwriter qualifications
bullet"publisher" reputation 
bulletfree from error 
bulletcomparison to other sources
bulletchecked by editors 
bulletpoint of view 
bulletminimum bias 
bullethow much is an attempt to persuade 
bulletinformation up to date
bulletpublication date labeled 

These traditional evaluation criteria can be adapted to web resources Often, the major challenge will be documenting how information on a Web page meets these criteria.  In addition to these areas, Web sites should be evaluate based on:

bulletPurpose of page.
bulletPurpose of site (the Homepage my put a given context on a given page that may differ from the results of given search engine query.
bulletIntended audience, especially reading level.
bulletStyle of presentation (interactive or passive).
bulletMarketing orientation and amount of advertising present.
bulletQuantity, qualify and appropriateness of hyperlinks.
bulletPage design including download times, graphic content, navigation, and organization.
bulletStability of site
bulletAdditional software requirements (like Java, Javascript, ActiveX, RealPlayer, Quicktime and browser). 

Evaluating Web sites involves determining if a given site is a logical choice for research.  This involves looking at a site's focus (information, news, advocacy, marketing, personal) and applying appropriate evaluation criteria.

In my resource section, there is a page devoted to Web resources links.

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