Keep these ABCs in mind as you review websites for quality:
Is the website's author listed along with his/her credentials? Usually a URL with .edu .org or.gov is more reliable than.com. and .net
Is the website objective, presenting both sides of an issue? Or, is the information presented to sway the audience to a particular point of view? Who is the audience? A certain political group, adults, children, researchers? Depending on your purpose for using the website, the intended audience needs to be taken into consideration.
Is the website current, providing the 'created' date and 'last updated' information?
Note: One or more of the ABCs may be more important in evaluating a website, depending on the information you need. Example: medical & scientific information usually needs to be current. If you are trying to take a stand on an issue, a biased database may be acceptable as long as it is coming from a reliable source (authority).
You can find quality websites by doing a Google advanced search and specifying one of the following domains:
1. On the Google website, select advanced search:
2. At search within a site or domain, enter .gov .org or .edu. Note that you need to specify one domain at a time:
3. In the above example, the websites will all be from a .gov domain. You will still need to review the website ABCs, but generally a domain search will yield better results.
Scholarly Journals are periodicals written for an audience of scholars and researchers in a particular field. This type of journal usually contains peer-reviewed articles. Below are examples of what scholarly and peer-reviewed journals look like.
Popular Magazines are not recommended for scholarly research. They are usually written by staff writers for a general audience. Below are examples of what popular magazines look like.
Please consider these issues as you evaluate your books and articles.
Authority / Reliability / Credibility