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•Evaluate information –
think critically, use your
•Still not sure? Do some
research on the site
•Always cite your
When should you use
Wikipedia? Thumbs up or
1.To get a quick overview of
your research topic?
2.As the main source of
information for your research
3.When reading about a pop
culture topic of personal
4.When making an important
decision about your health?
5.To see what sources the
article’s author’s used?
What do you think of these sites?
Yahoo Answers Gale PowerSearch
The New York Times Printed book
The World Book Personal website
Currency – is the information too old?
Relevance/coverage – does it tell you what you
need to know?
Authority – who is the source of the information?
Accuracy – is the information true and reliable?
Purpose/objectivity – why does this site exist?
Could it be biased?
Credit: The CRAAP acronym is from Meriam Library at California State University Chico.
Lots of pop-up windows and other obnoxious
The author is trying to sell you something
The author wants to persuade you (make sure
you find other points of view)
They make unrealistic promises (give us your
bank account number and we’ll send you a
Go to the LOJ website, Library, Class Projects,
and Can I Trust This Source?
Visit each of the 5 links. Use the CRAAP test to
determine whether the site is trustworthy
Be prepared to explain why each site is or is not