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Transcript of Evaluating Websites
How well does this suit your topic or answer your questions?
Who is the intended audience?
Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?
Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
Is there a way to contact the author?
*Usually on the bottom of page
Is the purpose to inform, sell, entertain, or persuade?
Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions clear?
Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
Where does the information come from?
Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Can you verify any of the information?
Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
*Check out their About Us!
When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Is the information current or out-of-date for your topic?
The CRAAP Test
Let's evaluate the webpage
How to Read a URL
http = protocol
www = World Wide Web
university = domain name
edu = top-level domain name
library = sub-directory name
Types of top-level domain names
Be an information skeptic--scrutinize, analyze, and evaluate your sources
How you're probably going to search for information:
California Department of Education
Bullying Publications & Resources
American Psychological Assocation