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Web Site Evaluation

Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test
Evaluating Information on the Internet (Johns Hopkins)
Evaluating Internet Research Sources (Virtual Salt)
Evaluating Web Pages (UC Berkeley)
Whales in the Minnesota River? Only on the Web.... (New York Times)

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Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test
When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it . . . but is it good information? You will have to determine that for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information. Courtesy of the University of California, Chico.
(Last checked 12/05/17)

Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (Johns Hopkins)
The World Wide Web offers students, teachers and researchers the opportunity to find information and data from all over the world. The Web is easy to use, both for finding information and for publishing it electronically. Because so much information is available, and because that information can appear to be fairly "anonymous", it is necessary to develop skills to evaluate what you find. When you use a research or academic library, the books, journals and other resources have already been evaluated by scholars, publishers and librarians. Every resource you find has been evaluated in one way or another before you ever see it. When you are using the World Wide Web, none of this applies. There are no filters. Because anyone can write a Web page, documents of the widest range of quality, written by authors of the widest range of authority, are available on an "even playing field". Excellent resources reside along side the most dubious. The Internet epitomizes the concept of Caveat lector: Let the reader beware. This document discusses the criteria by which scholars in most fields evaluate print information, and shows how the same criteria can be used to assess information found on the Internet.
(Last checked 12/05/17)

Evaluating Internet Research Sources
Includes section on evaluating websites.
(Last checked 12/05/17)

Evaluating Web Pages (UC Berkeley)
(Last checked 12/05/17)

"Whales in the Minnesota River?" Only on the Web, Where Skepticism Is a Required Navigational Aid
Tourists drove six hours to Mankato, Minn., in search of underground caves and hot springs and yes whales in the Minnesota River mentioned on a Web site. When they arrived, there were no such attractions. An online article by Tina Henry appearing in the New York Times, Circuits, D1, March 4, 1999. Requires free registration to access article. Also check out companion article "How to Separate Good Data From Bad".
(Last checked 12/05/17)


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