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Dental Hygiene: Evidence Based Practice: Evaluating Resources

EBP, Statistics tab, Journal Links

Evaluating Websites

Begin your evaluation by using this acronym: " ABC"

A=  Authority           Who wrote the site? What are their 


B=   Bias                   What are the intentions of the author

                                  and the publishing entity?

C=   Currency           How old is the information? Does the

                                   information reflect the most recent


Know the Domains

"Domain names are used to identify one or more IP addresses. For example, the domain name represents about a dozen IP addresses. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. For example, in the URL, the domain name is

Every domain name has a suffix that indicates which top level domain (TLD) it belongs to. There are only a limited number of such domains." - Webopedia


The domain ".org" was one of the original top-level domains,[1] with comusedugovmil and net, established in January 1985. It was originally intended for non-profit organizations or organizations of a non-commercial character that did not meet the requirements for other gTLDs. The MITRE Corporation was the first group to register an org domain with in July 1985.[2] The TLD has been operated since January 1, 2003 by Public Interest Registry, who assumed the task from VeriSign Global Registry Services, a division of Verisign.[3]

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Evaluating Health Care Information on the Internet

  • The National Library of Medicine provides a tutorial on evaluating health information on the Web

  • The Medical Library Association Provides Guidelines for evaluating Health Resources on the Internet. Click on the box above for access.

Advanced Appraisal Tools for Studies and Research

  Critical Appraisals Skills Programme 

 (Cochrane Collaboration)


 Center for Evidence Based Medicine-University of Oxford