Best Business Web Sites: Selection Criteria

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Selection Criteria

Subject categories were distributed among committee members based on subject expertise and familiarity of business Web sites in that category. Subject experts were asked to select 10-15 of the best web sites for their subject category focusing on comprehensive sites and to write brief unique annotations. Other initial selection criteria included:

  • Currency of content
  • Stability of content over a long period of time
  • Quality & usefulness of content
  • Ease of navigation


During the review of the prototype at the 2000 mid-Winter meeting, selectors mentioned additional selection criteria that included:

  • Web site familiarity
  • Dependability of content in teaching and/or answering questions at the reference desk
  • Preference of .edu/.gov/.org domains vs. .com
  • Authority of author
  • Web site endorsement


"Free" Web sites were important as a criteria for the inclusion on the subject pages. Fee-based Web sites were selected if they were well known and offered unique content. They are indicated as $ Fee-based on the guides.