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Computer Science Help Guide: Websites

The ABCD of Website Evaluation: What to Look For

Authority

Who is the author? What are the author's credentials?  Does the author have expertise in the area? Is the author associated with a reputable organization? 

Bias

Is the information balanced? Is it more opinion than fact? Is the page a presentation of facts or designed to sway opinion? Is a product, service, or idea being sold?

Currency

When was the page last updated? Are any links dead? Is the information consistent with your knowledge in the subject?

Documentation

Is information documented with references? Are the facts given supported with evidence? If statistics are provided, what is the source? Is the page free of spelling mistakes or other obvious mistakes? 

The ABCD of Website Evaluation Chart

This chart will  help you walk through the evaluation. It helps you look for certain things for each letter, tells you why you should evaluate, and what you should look for when evaluating. 

ABCD of Website Evaluation Chart

Recommended Websites

Here are recommended websites that you may find helpful in the areas of Computer Science, Computer Aided Design, and Geographic Information Systems: