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Craap on the internet

  1. 1. CRAAP on the Internet How to identify strong internet resources
  2. 2. Currency <ul><li>The state of being up-to-date. </li></ul><ul><li>When was it posted and how often it is revised? (Keep in mind that a revision may just be a grammar or typo fix.) </li></ul><ul><li>Do the links work and are the sites up-to date? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there any new information or links? (These are sometimes marked). This helps indicate that the site is still being updated. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Relevance and Coverage <ul><li>The uniqueness and importance of the content for your purposes. </li></ul><ul><li>How complete is the information presented? Is it bite sized trivia or full papers? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information unique or just interesting? Does the information pass the so what test? </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: is it also available in other formats (print or electronic)? </li></ul><ul><li>Could you find the same or better information in another source? Is that source more reliable? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Authority <ul><li>The source of the web page. </li></ul><ul><li>Who the created the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the author a student or teacher of the topic or just someone with a general interest? What are their credentials? </li></ul><ul><li>Has the author published works in other formats? Such as through a professional journal. </li></ul><ul><li>What does the domain name/URL say about the source? Is this a free site or a blog? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Accuracy <ul><li>The reliability of the information </li></ul><ul><li>What are the original sources of information and are they listed? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you verify any of the information in independent sources or from general knowledge? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an obvious bias to the article? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there spelling, grammar, or typos? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Purpose <ul><li>The reason a website exists </li></ul><ul><li>Are editorials and opinions clearly labeled? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you tell the difference between the advertisements and the content? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the purpose of the page stated? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the purpose: Is it to inform? Is it to educate? Is it to entertain? Is it to sell you an idea or product? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Meaning of the end. <ul><li>What does the domain reveal about the source of the information? </li></ul><ul><li>.com- General commercial use </li></ul><ul><li>.edu- Educational Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>.gov- Government run site </li></ul><ul><li>.org- Miscellanous organizations (such as non-profits) </li></ul><ul><li>.net- Networking technologies or general commerical use </li></ul><ul><li>.mil- Military site </li></ul>
  8. 8. Do I pass? <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Currency- Very Current </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance- Great for general knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Authority-Nope. Anyone can edit. </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy- Only as accurate as the author. </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose- To educate. </li></ul>Failed
  9. 9. Do I pass? <ul><li>World War II. Net (http://www.worldwar-2.net/index.htm) </li></ul><ul><li>Currency- So-so </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance- Good for general information </li></ul><ul><li>Authority- Can’t really tell </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy- Seems okay </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose- To educate </li></ul>C +
  10. 10. Do I pass? <ul><li>History Channel http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii </li></ul><ul><li>Currency- Yes </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance- Yes </li></ul><ul><li>Authority- Yep </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy- Good </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose- To educate </li></ul>A+
  11. 11. Do I pass? <ul><li>RKKA in World War II </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.armchairgeneral.com/rkkaww2/ </li></ul><ul><li>Currency- Not so good </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance- Hard to tell </li></ul><ul><li>Authority- Some one named Alex… </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy- Seems okay </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose- To educate. </li></ul>Failed
  12. 12. Do I pass? <ul><li>World War 2 Insightful Essays </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.2worldwar2.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul>Failed
  13. 13. Resources <ul><li>Applying the CRAAP Test to Evaluating Websites </li></ul><ul><li>http://www-lib.iupui.edu/files/Applying%20the%20CRAAP%20Test%20to%20Evaluating%20Web%20Sites.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating Information-Applying the CRAAP test </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Gettysburg College-Evaluating Web Sources </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gettysburg.edu/library/research/tips/webeval/index.dot </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Cornell University Library: Evaluating websites </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/webeval.html </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating Websites </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMb0_5pI-u4 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating Web Sites Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_qR5lpnXBE&feature=related </li></ul>

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