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).
Fact Checking Websites (video)
You may already be familiar with searching in Google to find just about any kind of information you could want. Be judicious about the sources you find through Google, especially if you might use them for an assignment. To help you find quality grey source websites you can use a top-level domain search to specify what kind of sites you want Google to target in your results.
This pictorial essay: Health Inequalities in Boston by T-Stopsis an engaging, visual way to connect health inequalities to Boston neighborhoods. These articles are the sources used to build the visual elements.