Can you tell is a website is suitable for academic research? Try this quick activity to find out.
Evaluating Websites Review
The web is full of great information sources. Unfortunately, there is also lots of low quality information that isn't suitable for academic research. You wouldn't use moldy bread to make a sandwich, and you can't write an outstanding paper with rotten sources and information.
Is your information CRAAP?
Current - When was the resource written and last updated? If your source is a website, is it maintained? Is the information current enough for your topic? Does it matter if the source is current for your topic?
Relevant - Does the information fit your needs? Does the information add or support your topic? Is the material at the right reading level, not too easy and not too complex?
Authority - Who is the source of the information? Is the author listed? Are they an expert in the field? What is their educational background? What organization sponsors the website? Is the website sponsored by the government or university?
Accurate - Is the information reliable, truthful, and correct? Are references listed? Can you verify the information using other sources?
Purpose - Why does the information exist? Is it factual information? Is it trying to sell you something or persuade? Not sure? Get help at Delta College Library.
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