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“We are drowning in information, while
starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will
be run by synthesizers, people able ...
Why is it important to
evaluate information?
Reasons to evaluate information
Not all information is accurate, unbiased, current or
authoritative
Anyone can publish i...
Dangers of not evaluating
information
None
Inconvenience
Failing grades
Loss of money
Loss of job
Loss of life
The C.R.A.A.P Test
Currency
Relevancy
Authority
Accuracy
Purpose
Currency
When was website created?
When was it last updated?
Are there broken links on the
page?
Check references
(bib...
Relevancy
Is the information relevant
to your topic?
Who is the intended
audience for this page?
How does this page
com...
Authority
Who created this page?
Can you find information on
the page about how to
contact the author?
What are the cre...
Accuracy
Are the original sources of
information listed?
Are there spelling,
grammar, or other typos?
Can you verify th...
Purpose
Can you distinguish
advertisements from the
informational content?
What is the purpose of the
website?
Inform?
...
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Evaluating information (lecture)

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Evaluating information (lecture)

  1. 1. “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” - E.O.Wilson Evaluating Information Deana Greenfield - NLU LIBR 200
  2. 2. Why is it important to evaluate information?
  3. 3. Reasons to evaluate information Not all information is accurate, unbiased, current or authoritative Anyone can publish information on the Internet Search engines often retrieve pages based on keywords not relevancy, accuracy or quality Much of the information available on the Internet is not updated regularly What could happen if you didn’t evaluate information??
  4. 4. Dangers of not evaluating information None Inconvenience Failing grades Loss of money Loss of job Loss of life
  5. 5. The C.R.A.A.P Test Currency Relevancy Authority Accuracy Purpose
  6. 6. Currency When was website created? When was it last updated? Are there broken links on the page? Check references (bibliography) to see if the information is up-to-date for the subject Does your topic demand current information? (science vs history? Statistics needed?) Examples NASA Internet Prospector
  7. 7. Relevancy Is the information relevant to your topic? Who is the intended audience for this page? How does this page compare with others on the same topic? How would you feel defending the choice of this source to your professor? Examples Heart Disease Heart Disease
  8. 8. Authority Who created this page? Can you find information on the page about how to contact the author? What are the credentials of the author? What does the domain name/URL reveal about the source of the information? (.com, .edu, .gov, .org, .net) Examples Weight Loss Surgery Irish Immigration
  9. 9. Accuracy Are the original sources of information listed? Are there spelling, grammar, or other typos? Can you verify the information in independent sources? Has the content been reviewed? Does the language or tone seem biased? Examples Apollo Moon Landing Christopher Columbus
  10. 10. Purpose Can you distinguish advertisements from the informational content? What is the purpose of the website? Inform? Persuade? Sell? Entertain? Examples Business Research Sources Small Business Research

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