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  • When gathering information from websites especially, it’s important to remember that anyone can post anything on the web Wikipedia discussion
  • Is the information up-to-date?When doing research, it’s important to have the latest research on a particular topic.EX: Research topic of the history of gene therapy would include outdated and current informationEX: Research topic of gene therapy would require current information. Having info even a couple years old is too outdated for such a topic!Currency is extremely important in:Scientific & Medical topicsCurrent Economic Patterns, or a Particular Business (EX: South Asian Technology Market)Current Politics (EX: U.S. Foreign Relations)Current Social Issues (EX: School Vouchers)
  • How relevant is the information to your topic? You wouldn’t want to have information on Martin Luther King if you were researching the topic of the American Stock Market. Make sure every piece of information you find has some relevance to your topic!
  • Authority deals with the credentials and expertise of the author of your source.Can you find credentials or University affiliations for your author?Is there even an author listed?How many other sources of information has your author written?
  • Accuracy can sometimes be a tough one to grasp, but consider what points within your source can be cross-searched to determine accuracyWhen evaluating websites, does the page include broken links? Are there misspellings on the pages?
  • Purpose will help you determine the nature of the source. Be careful of biased information. Is the author writing opinionated information? What is their point of view?To determine if your information is biased:Information has an emotionalfeel to itEvidencefor an author’s view is not supported or verifiedThe opposing view is ignored or attacked
  • At first glance…does this look like a news website?
  • What about this video? Does it look like it came from a news source?Play video without sound first… and then play it with sound!
  • Take a moment and really think about this article. What points might you be able to cross search to determine credibility and accuracy? What are your thoughts based on the CRAAP analysis?
  • Take a moment and really think about this article. What points might you be able to cross search to determine credibility and accuracy? What are your thoughts based on the CRAAP analysis?
  • Remember: Generally, books are going to be authoritative because of the publishing process. Continue to think critically about the information though and look for bias. Is the author giving you their opinion on a subject? If so… you may want to reconsider using that book as a source when doing research. Journal Articles from the databases are also going to be credible because of the peer review process. Websites are your red flag areas. Think critically about the entire CRAAP analysis and make sure you used methods talked about during Week 5 when searching online. (Remember .edu, .gov, and .mil options!
  • I would HIGHLY recommend using Academic Search Premier.

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