•Evaluate information – think critically, use your common sense •Always compare multiple sources •Still not sure? Do some research on the site (snopes.com) •Always cite your sources (Citation Maker, Easybib.com, etc.)Image Attibution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2595497078/sizes/z/in/photostream/
When should you useWikipedia? Thumbs up orthumbs down:3.To get a quick overview ofyour research topic?5.As the main source ofinformation for yourresearch paper?7.When reading about a popculture topic of personalinterest?9.When making an importantdecision about your health?11.To see what sources thearticle’s author’s used?Image Attribution:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeeperez/2453225588/
What do you think of these sites?Wikipedia CNNYahoo Answers Gale PowerSearchThe New York Times Printed bookThe World Book Personal websiteEncyclopedia
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 ads 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 million dollars)
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 reliable