ANYONE can publish on the Web! What you see is a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Evaluate each website critically before using it for your research.
The CRAAP Test is a common checklist used to evaluate an information resource.
Currency: The timeliness of the web page.
Relevance: The uniqueness of the content and its importance for your needs.
Authority: The source of the web page.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.
Purpose: The presence of bias or prejudice/The reason the web site exists.
The CRAAP Test was created by Meriam Library at California State University, Chico.
Take a look at the address or URL. Do you know what the domain names are for websites? Here are the ones you will see most often.
.com = commercial
.org = organization
.net = network
.gov = government
.edu = education
Compare these two links. Which one do you think is true? Why or why not?
Fact Checking Links
Determining "good" information from "bad" can get tricky sometimes. One way to decide what's what is to ask a librarian for help, or you can use SIFT, a set of 4 'moves'.
SIFT stands for:
The idea of SIFT comes from Mike Caulfield and is reused here under a Creative Commons license.
Here are some helpful websites: