Essay on Evaluating a Website for Credibility

894 Words Feb 25th, 2012 4 Pages
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR 500 Foundational Concepts and Applications
January 17, 2012

Evaluating a Website for Credibility
In order to search for the reputable scholarly website one must remember two basic principles: not every website has scholarly related data and not all the data has empirical foundation. The first intention of going to www.google.com will leave one with 1000’s of non-specific results. "Google Scholar" website (http://scholar.google.com), on the other hand will be more relative but not very specific. During previous discussions we have talked about American Nursing Journal. There are several reputable accrediting bodies were identified.
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The website clearly states in the Quality Peer Review category, “the initial screening results in the rejection of the majority of manuscripts within 2 weeks to 30 days of submission.” (Retrieved from http://ajph.aphapublications.org/about). After thorough and objective review the publication may appear after multiple revisions within 4.8 months from the initial submission. Furthermore, the website uses very diverse population of authors from all around the world. Giving the above stated facts, the site provides for fairly objective and accurate mechanism for both potential authors and end users - readers.
Site Navigation
The website is very easy to navigate and search. Right on the first page the site provides with several search criteria options such as Author, Title, Text, Abstract, and Publication Date. In addition the search can be performed though date variance by selecting range within specified time frame. The website also provides easy navigation option for the authors clearly stating publication procedures, criteria and submission options. Once article appears it provides
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