Objectives:3.Learn a few quick tips forsearching5.Practice evaluating a website tosee if it is reliable7.Know where to find the librarydatabases
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.
•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 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/