Use this evaluation ABC checklist when searching for information on the Internet.
Is the information from a reliable source? Does the author have appropriate qualifications, background and knowledge of the subject? Where is the document published and who has published it? Check the accuracy - how does the site compare to other sources?
Check the web site address (URL = uniform resource locator)to verify the origin of the site
.govt or .gov = government
. org = non-profit organization
. co or .com = commercial
.ac or .edu = academic/ educational
Why do you think the information was written? What opinions if any are expressed by the author? Does it provide a balanced view of the topic or is there an obvious bias promoted by the puiblisher or author? Who is the intended audience? Where is the document published?
When was the information written or recorded? Is the information up to date for the topic? Are the site links up-to-date, are they relevant and do they work?
This sample of health and nursing websites is taken from the complete A-Z version of UCOL Library's 'Useful Websites' section here.
Google Scholar provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.