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How to Evaluate Information Sources

Viewers will learn which criteria to use to evaluate resources

Why Evaluate?

The internet is a system of networks and a communications tool, not a source.

The quality of information available on the internet can vary significantly.

It is essential to analyze any source, but especially web resources, for content, validity, and appropriateness.

Unlike journals or books, web pages frequently lack editors or publishers who filter out misinformation.

See OWL at Purdue on Evidence

How to evaluate information sources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources.  This website provides criteria you should use to evaluate any information source.  (Cornell University Library*)   

Learn the difference--Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals.

Be wise to retracted scholarly papers.   See  Retraction Watch and Retraction Databases 

Other Websites on Evaluation

Evaluating Information -- Applying the CRAAP Test
(original CRAAP test designer's site)


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