If you’re trying to evaluate a website, keep these ABCs in mind as you review your sources for quality:
Authority - 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
Bias - 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.
Currency - 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. For example, medical and 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).
Please consider these issues as you evaluate your books and articles.
Authority / Reliability / Credibility
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.