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  • 1. EVALUATING SOURCES How to Recognize Quality Information
  • 2. Library Sources vs. Web Sources  Restricted Publication  Open Publication  Fact Checked  Fact Checked ?  Edited  Edited ?  Revised  Revised ?  Peer Review Frequent  Peer Review Rare  Author and/or Publisher Known  Author and/or Publisher Known ?
  • 3. Five Criteria to Consider: CRAAP 1. Currency Is the information up-to-date enough for my topic ? Rapid advancements in science necessitate looking for very current information Example: Cloning Van't Hoog, A., de Cock Buning, T., & Hazekamp, A. (2000). Dolly's deceiving perfection: Biotechnology, animal welfare, and ethics. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 3(1), 63-69.
  • 4. Five Criteria to Consider (cont.) 2. Relevance Example: Obesity Epidemic Is the information relevant and in enough depth to meet my needs ? Taking weight-loss pills can make you eat more. (2013, November 19). Daily Mail. p. 28. [135 words]
  • 5. Five Criteria to Consider (cont.) 3. Authority Who is responsible for the content and what are their qualifications ? Example: Government Spending Deller, S. C., & Chicoine, D. L. (1993). Representative versus direct democracy: A test of allocative efficiency in local government expenditures. Public Finance Review, 21(1), 100-114. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10. 1177/10911421930210 0105
  • 6. Five Criteria to Consider (cont.) 4. Accuracy Is the information reliable and free from error ? Is the site free from spelling and grammatical errors ? Are sources cited ? Example: Aliens Daniel P., W., & John J., M. (2009). The distribution of stars most likely to harbor intelligent life. Astrobiology, 9(7), 617-621.
  • 7. Five Criteria to Consider (cont.) 5. Purpose Example: Gun Control Is the information presented without bias or is the bias acceptable for my purpose ? COULTER, A. (2012). Trayvon and a history of gun rights. Human Events, 68(14), 24. Beware of sources with hidden agendas
  • 8. For More Information: Information Evaluation Guide http://libguides.sdstate.edu/information_evaluation