Successful researchers know easy tricks to evaluate websites at first glance. Follow the acronym ADAPT to evaluate any page you think might be useful.
A: How accurate is the information? Can you verify it elsewhere? Is the site free of typographical or spelling errors?
D: Depth matters. Does the site offer a sufficient depth of information or just pieces that can be misleading?
A: Who authored this site? Can you contact them for more information if needed? Can you verify the site owner’s authority on the topic?
P: What is the purpose of the site? Is this a blog or a fact based page? Check the domain extension (.edu and .gov will likely be legitimate). Be skeptical of sites with big or varied fonts, multiple bright colors, or excessive punctuation.
T: Time is important. How new is the information? If there are no dates listed, look for other clues. Don’t mistake the date the page was created for the date that the information was obtained.
Still not sure? Check out this helpful website credibility guide from EasyBib!