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EvaluatingWebsitesCRITERIA
CRAAPCRAAPCurrencyRelevanceAuthorityAccuracyPurpose
Evaluation Criteria #1Currencywhen?revision?links?
Evaluation Criteria #2Relevancerelateto topic?question / problem?locate?
Evaluation Criteria #3Authorityaffiliation   & qualifications?contact?copyright?.com, .org., .edu,.ca,.gov,.
Evaluation Criteria #4Accuracysources       verifiable?grammar & spelling?
Evaluation Criteria #5Purposeintention?objective and impartial?advertising?inform? teach?    entertain?    persuade? s...
REVIEW CRITERIACRAAPCurrencyRelevanceAuthorityAccuracyPurpose
TRY IT!Examples http://tinyurl.com/sociokids http://tinyurl.com/joyreading http://tinyurl.com/todaysparent http://tiny...
In Class ActivityCritically evaluateAsk yourselfWrite your responses
LEARN MORELearn More? http://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/detective/
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Not all sources on the Web are equally valuable or reliable. Individual sites are not screened or standardized in any way to determine if the information they provide is accurate or useful. Critically evaluating the information you find is central to successful academic research. Determining the credibility of information found on the Web is not always easy - think of the following criteria during evaluation. The World Wide Web offers a great wealth of information, as well as the opportunity for people to express themselves and exchange ideas. This makes it a potentially great place to accomplish research on many topics. But putting documents or pages on the Web is easy, cheap or free, unregulated and unmonitored. If you are using a Web-based source for a research paper, you will need to develop skills to evaluate the credibility and appropriateness of what you find. The following checklist presents questions to ask to help determine whether a Web page is a suitable resource for a research paper, or not. Don't expect to be able to answer all the questions, all the time, for all Web sites you look at. Rather, try to use the questions as a tool to help you look at Web pages critically.

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  • Not all sources on the Web are equally valuable or reliable. Individual sites are not screened or standardized in any way to determine if the information they provide is accurate or useful. Critically evaluating the information you find is central to successful academic research. Determining the credibility of information found on the Web is not always easy - think of the following criteria during evaluation. The World Wide Web offers a great wealth of information, as well as the opportunity for people to express themselves and exchange ideas. This makes it a potentially great place to accomplish research on many topics. But putting documents or pages on the Web is easy, cheap or free, unregulated and unmonitored. If you are using a Web-based source for a research paper, you will need to develop skills to evaluate the credibility and appropriateness of what you find. The following checklist presents questions to ask to help determine whether a Web page is a suitable resource for a research paper, or not. Don't expect to be able to answer all the questions, all the time, for all Web sites you look at. Rather, try to use the questions as a tool to help you look at Web pages critically.
  • Accuracy: The reliability of the information. Authority: The source of the information. Currency: The timeliness of the information. Purpose: The possible bias present in the information.Relevance: The depth and importance of the information.
  • When it was written? When it was first placed on the Web? Latest revision?Are all the links on the site current and working?
  • Does it relate to my topic?Does it help me answer a question or solve a problem?Will it help me locate other information?
  • Is it clear who produced or sponsored the site or with what institution or organization its author(s) is affiliated?Is it clear who wrote the material and are the author's qualifications clearly presented?Is there an address to contact for more information?If the material is protected by copyright, is the name of the copyright holder given?
  • Is the information provided as a public service? Is the information fact? Or is it propaganda? Opinion?Does the point of view appear to be objective and impartial?If there is any advertising on the page, is it clearly differentiated from the informational content?Is it meant to inform? Teach? Or is it meant to entertain? Persuade? Sell a product, an idea, or way of thinking?
  • By asking yourself these questions when evaluating a website, you can determine if it is useful, current and correct.
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  • Let’s take some time now to use the CRAAP test to critically evaluate a web site. In groups of 2 or 3, please work together to complete as much as you can of this work sheet. The website you are to evaluate is at the top.Ask yourself the questions listed in the left column and write your responses in the right. We will take a few minutes for one or two groups to share their findings and then summarize the session.
  • For more help evaluating internet sources try the Internet Detective, "an interactive tutorial on evaluating the quality of Internet resources". Or http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/assistance/tutorials/evaluating_web_sites/
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    1. 1. EvaluatingWebsitesCRITERIA
    2. 2. CRAAPCRAAPCurrencyRelevanceAuthorityAccuracyPurpose
    3. 3. Evaluation Criteria #1Currencywhen?revision?links?
    4. 4. Evaluation Criteria #2Relevancerelateto topic?question / problem?locate?
    5. 5. Evaluation Criteria #3Authorityaffiliation & qualifications?contact?copyright?.com, .org., .edu,.ca,.gov,.
    6. 6. Evaluation Criteria #4Accuracysources verifiable?grammar & spelling?
    7. 7. Evaluation Criteria #5Purposeintention?objective and impartial?advertising?inform? teach? entertain? persuade? sell?
    8. 8. REVIEW CRITERIACRAAPCurrencyRelevanceAuthorityAccuracyPurpose
    9. 9. TRY IT!Examples http://tinyurl.com/sociokids http://tinyurl.com/joyreading http://tinyurl.com/todaysparent http://tinyurl.com/busytoddler
    10. 10. In Class ActivityCritically evaluateAsk yourselfWrite your responses
    11. 11. LEARN MORELearn More? http://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/detective/
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