Also known as Finding Credible Websites: Evaluating Internet Resources (7 min.)
Federal Websites, Associations, Standards, Codes, Sweets and ARCAT
Use the questions on the Questions to Ask When Determining Credibility of Sources handout to help you determine the credibility of websites and videos. Check the information by comparing several sites or videos on the same topic. Take a few facts from one article and confirm or disprove them with another credible source (Stebbins, 2015, pp. 22-23). Use the fact-checking websites in this Guide on the OneSearch for Construction Management Information page under News.
Useful tip: Government and military websites, whose URLs end in .gov, .mil, .state.us, or .state.gov, can be credible sources of information. For more tips about using information from websites, watch the short NAU video in the left column.
Stebbins, L.F. (2015). Finding Reliable Information Online. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
This Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website was designed to assist those in the construction industry to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards. (OSHA is part of the U.S. Department of Labor.)
This site, "Value of Construction Put in Place at a Glance," provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the United States. View the most current release and historical releases.
American Builders and Contractors (ABC)
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association with 69 chapters representing more than 21,000 members. ABC's members represent all specialties in the construction industry and are primarily firms that perform work in the industrial and commerical sectors.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Associated General Contractors of America, with members in building construction, federal/heavy construction, highway and transportation construction, and utility construction, has over 27,000 member firms.
The ANSI oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: f rom acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more.
IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization, has over 400,000 members. It publishes nearly one-third of the world's technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics, and is the leading developer of international standards in telecommunications, information technology and power-generation products and services.
ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 162 national standards bodies.It develops and publishes International Standards - standards are formulas that describe "the best way of doing something" - from "making a product, managing a process, to delivering a service or supplying materials... ."
Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. Its mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve the quality of life.
The best method of finding local building codes and ordinances is by searching a city's official website for a link to its municipal code. You also may search the websites below for local government codes and ordinances.