Internet vs. Databases
Benton Library Media Center
RESEARCH IS SIMPLE . . . RIGHT?
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SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION
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WHAT IS A DATABASE?
search engine for printed publications
scholarly journals popular magazines
newspapers other content
DATABASES vs THE INTERNET
academic content varied content
updated daily updated irregularly
peer reviewing little or no reviewing
of articles of websites
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THE C.R.A.P TEST
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Is the information up-to-date?
Does the website
present new information?
Can you tell when the
information was published?
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Is the information veriﬁable elsewhere?
Is the information
backed by sources?
Is the information
relevant to your topic?
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Is the website backed by experts?
Can you determine the
authors of the website?
Is there an organization
backing the website?
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Is the website commerical
Is there a clear bias
for a single viewpoint?
Is the information presented
objectively (when needed)?
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CITING YOUR INFORMATION