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EVALUATING SOURCES
How to Recognize Quality Information
Library Sources vs. Web Sources
Restricted
Publication
Fact Checked
Edited
Revised
Peer Review
Frequent
Author and/o...
Five Criteria to Consider: CRAAP
1. Currency
Is the information
up-to-date enough
for my topic ?
Rapid advancements
in sc...
Five Criteria to Consider (cont.)
3. Authority
Who is
responsible for
the content and
what are their
qualifications ?
4. ...
Five Criteria to Consider (cont.)
5. Purpose
Is the information
presented without
bias or is the bias
acceptable for my
p...
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Evaluating sources

  1. 1. EVALUATING SOURCES How to Recognize Quality Information
  2. 2. Library Sources vs. Web Sources Restricted Publication Fact Checked Edited Revised Peer Review Frequent Author and/or Publisher Known Open Publication Fact Checked ? Edited ? Revised ? Peer Review Rare Author and/or Publisher Known ?
  3. 3. Five Criteria to Consider: CRAAP 1. Currency Is the information up-to-date enough for my topic ? Rapid advancements in science necessitate looking for very current information 2. Relevance Is the information relevant and in enough depth to meet my needs ?
  4. 4. Five Criteria to Consider (cont.) 3. Authority Who is responsible for the content and what are their qualifications ? 4. Accuracy Is the information reliable and free from error ? Is the site free from spelling and grammatical errors ? Are sources cited ?
  5. 5. Five Criteria to Consider (cont.) 5. Purpose Is the information presented without bias or is the bias acceptable for my purpose ? Beware of sources with hidden agendas For More Information: Information Evaluation Guide http://libguides.sdstate.edu/information_evalua tion

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