It may seem like you can find anything on the Internet, but know that you need to use a different resource if you are doing college research and need to find reputable web resources.
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The CRAAP Test for Evaluating Resources
The CRAAP Test is a list of questions you can ask yourself in order to determine if an information source is reliable. Please keep in mind that the following list of questions is not static nor is it complete. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need. So, what are you waiting for? Is your source credible and useful, or is it a bunch of . . . !
Currency: The timeliness of the resource. Information is current and updated frequently
Relevance/Coverage: The uniqueness of the content and its importance for your needs.
Authority: The source of the resource. Defines who created the content, the individual or group's credentials/expertise and provides contact information
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.
Purpose: The presence of bias or prejudice/The reason the resource exists.
Take a moment and review the following websites. Pay attention to the "Criteria for Evaluating Resources" and determine why the sources may or may not be appropriate for use as a research resource. Be sure to thoroughly review several aspects of each website before making your final evaluation.
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