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Lighthouses

  1. 1. Ms. Doyle, Librarian
  2. 2. Objectives:3.Learn a few quick tips forsearching5.Practice evaluating a website tosee if it is reliable7.Know where to find the librarydatabases
  3. 3.  Currency – is the information too old? Relevance/coverage – does it tell you what you need to know? Authority – who is the source of the info? Accuracy – is the information true? Purpose/objectivity – why does this site exist? Could it be biased? Credit: The CRAAP acronym is from Meriam Library at California State University Chico.
  4. 4. Compare withother sources –do they allagree?
  5. 5. Where did theauthor get hisinformation?Are theylisted(footnotes,bibliography,etc.)?Look atauthor’ssourcesbecause. . .
  6. 6. …theymight beevenbetter thanyouroriginalwebsite!This isfrom theNationalParkService.
  7. 7. •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/
  8. 8. What about Wikipedia?
  9. 9. What about Wikipedia?Scroll down. . .
  10. 10. When should you useWikipedia?Thumbs up or thumbsdown:4.To get a quick overview ofyour research topic?6.As the main source ofinformation for yourresearch paper?8.When reading about a popculture topic of personalinterest?10.When making animportant decision aboutyour health?12.To see what sources thearticle’s author’s used?Image Attribution:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeeperez/2453225588/

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