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Health Professions Library Help Guide : Evaluating Web Resources

A guide to OCCC Library resources for health and medical professions students.

Website Evaluation

It is essential that you evaluate all websites that you want to use in academic research. Use the chart to the right to help you determine if a website is credible. 

The ABCD of Website Evaluation: What to Look For

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? 

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?

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

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