Evaluating a Website
Just remember your ABCD's
Using ABCD to evaluate a website
Look for the author, who wrote the content on the website? You can look at the top or bottom of a page for clues. We know anyone can write information on the internet, but we have to make sure the sources we use were written by people who are experts in that field. Some questions to ask are:
- What are the author's credentials?
- Is the author an expert in that subject or topic?
- Is there contact information?
- Who is the publisher or organization responsible for the content?
- Is the information balanced?
- Does it state both sides of an issue or is it biased towards one side?
- Is it more opinion than fact?
- Does it have evidence to support the facts or claims?
This is where you check for the type of information and the overall organization of a website. A good place to start is by looking at what type of website it is (domain). Is it a commercial (.com), government (.gov), organization (.org), or education (.edu) website? Some other questions to ask are:
- Is the information what you need?
- How detailed and accurate is the information?
- Does the text contain correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar?
- Are references or a bibliography included?
- Can you easily navigate the site?
- Are the graphics appropriate and helpful?
- When was the website created?
- When was the website last updated?
If the site has links, are they still current? Do they still work?
Are there any broken/dead links?