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Using the Best Electronic Resources
Transcript of Using the Best Electronic Resources
BEST Electronic Resources
(TEL) Use the CRAAP method
to make sure it's not "crap". Currency
Purpose Is there even a publication date?
Has there been a recent update?
Are these dates updated enough
for your topic?
Are the links functional? Currency Internet
Sources Relevance Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
Who is the intended audience?
Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper? Is the author a person, company, or organization?
Can you determine if the author is an expert or experienced on this topic?
Does the author have contact information?
Does the URL reveal anything?
.edu Educational organization (most US universities)
.k12 US school site (not all US schools use this)
.com Commercial or business originally but has become the default URL for anything that doesn't fit elsewhere
.org Usually a not-for-profit organization or charity
.gov United States government agency
.mil United States military entities Authority Where does the information come from? Does the site include a bibliography or works cited?
Is the information supported by evidence, such as statistics, polls, interviews, etc?
Has the information been peer-reviewed? This means the site has been reviewed by other scholars in the same field.
Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors? Accuracy Is the purpose of the site to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?
Is the site written in an objective, impartial point-of-view?
Are there obvious biases?
Who is the intended audience? Purpose a database of over 40 collections
includes over 400,000 materials
World Book Encyclopedia
magazines, newspapers, and essays
books What is TEL? provides students with experience using a database
provides peer-reviewed journal articles
Peer-reviewed means that an article has been reviewed by other experts on the topic, not just the author.
This increases the validity and reliability of the article. How does TEL benefit your research? These materials are free, so TEL has provided research materials that schools couldn't afford previously. Go to tntel.tnsos.org.
Click the Research tab.
Click on Gale Powersearch.
Click the boxes beside "peer-reviewed publications"
and "documents with full text"
Do a subject search, and you should find reliable articles! How do I search TEL
for reliable articles? The Internet is the bathroom stall of the world.
Do you trust just anybody's graffiti? Why care about a website's reliability? I apologize for the continuing bathroom metaphor. Citing the World Wide Web Author's last name.
"Title of actual page."
Title of entire website (italics).
Name of the publisher (look at bottom). n.p. is no publisher,
Year of publication.
Date of access. (date month year).
URL to the first slash in angle brackets <http://www.btsc.org>.