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ENGL 100 Clay - Criminalization of Drug Use: Website Evaluation

fall 2018 ENGL 100 course, David Clay

Internet Detective

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Websites used in class exercise

These are the articles & websites we used in the in-class exercise on Oct. 2. Not all of these may be good to use for your writing assignments - some of them are deeply flawed. You decide! Use the CRAAP test to evaluate them.

 

What is the World Wide Web?

   The internet is the global communication network that allows almost all computers worldwide to connect and exchange information. 

CRAAP Method of Evaluating Websites

EVALUATING INFORMATION -- Applying the CRAAP Test

(borrowed from Meriam Library - California State University, Chico)

 

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 you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.

 

Evaluation Criteria

 

Currency: The timeliness of the information.

  • When was the information published or posted?
  •  Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
  • Are the links functional?

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs. 

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
  • Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?

Authority: The source of the information.

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?  Examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors? 

Purpose: The reason the information exists. 

  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?