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Transcript of C.R.A.P. Test
When was the last update or when was the last edition printed?
How current is this information?
How current do you need it to be?
Can this information be found somewhere else?
Can you verify the reliability of the site/source? Look for data, statistics, or other facts that you can confirm with other sources...then confirm them!
Look for the same information in other sources (info that you are not using). Can you "triangulate" your information (3 sources with the same info)?
Does the site/source add to the facts, issues, or arguments of which you're already aware? Does it provide details not available elsewhere?
Is it always there when I need it?
Who is the author?
What are his/her credentials?
Who created the information and why?
What knowledge and skills do they have in this area? What's their resume?
What kind of site/source is this?
.edu, .gov., .mil, .com, .net, .org, etc.
University press? General publishing house?
What else has the author written?
Point of view OR
Why is this information there?
Be on the look-out for a hidden agenda!!
Is the information objective or subjective?
Does is reflect bias or prejudice?
How does the sponsor/publisher impact the perspective of the information?
Does it present both sides of the topic?
Does it manipulate the data in unethical ways?
How do I know if my source is a good one or a crappy one?
What is the "deal" with Wikipedia?
Is it reliable? Why or why not?
How can I use it in my paper?
Why does this even matter?
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias?
Generally not used as
Say something like "Term X is often defined as..." and then paraphrase the definition.
Exceptions would be specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias.
The Encyclopedia of Fantasy Literature.
Yahoo Answers or Google?
Databases through our library;