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Wellness Education: Websites

Research guide for wellness, complementary & alternative medicine

The ABC Test: Guidelines for Evaluating Websites

When evaluating web sources or any other information sources, use the following A.B.C.'s to help evaluate the information you find:

Authority: Who is responsible for the information?

  • It is someone passing themselves off as an expert? 
  • Is there an organization who is the authority for the site? 
  • Does the site provide an official name or any contact information?
  • EXAMPLE: National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/

 Bias: What is the purpose?

  • What is the purpose of the information? 
  •  Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
  • Does the information seems objective or one-sided so are they bias?
  • EXAMPLE: Veterans for a strong America http://www.veteransforastrongamerica.org/.

Credibility: Where does the information come from?

  • What are the author's or organization's credentials?
  • Do they provide links to credible sources or cite them?
  • Are the links functional?‚Äč
  • When was it last updated? 
  • EXAMPLE: HAVIDOL http://havidol.com/

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