Anyone can put up a webpage.
Any person can be giving an opinion, which is not a statement of
facts. Ideology, or someone's beliefs, can be a driving factor in
putting up a webpage. If one’s ideas are out of the mainstream of
society, the internet has become a good place to air these
Look for the author’s name, for whom they work, and what makes
them knowledgeable about the subject.
What makes the author credible? What
are the qualifications of the author? Sometimes the author may be
qualified in a different area of expertise than the one he/she is
writing about – check that the “expert' has training or education
in that subject area.
Are there political or ideological biases? The Internet has become
a prime marketing and advertising tool.
What motivation does the author have for placing this
information on the web? Frequently the answer is that the
information is placed to advertise a product or support a
particular point of view.