“Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him."
~Ernest Hemingway, 1954
Why Evaluate web sources?
It’s up to YOU to sort the accurate bits from the misinfo, disinfo, spam, scams, urban legends, and hoaxes. “Crap detection,” as Hemingway called it half a century ago, is more important than ever before.
The Gingrich Guide has more information on evaluating source material.
The URL for a website can tell you a lot about the purpose of a webpage.
.com = commercial site
.net =network provider
.edu =education - school or university
.mil = military website
.gov = government website
.com, .net, and .org sites are less regulated, meaning anyone can register for a website with that domain. .edu, .mil, and .gov sites are MORE REGULATED, and tend to be more reliable.
When evaluating websites or any other information sources, use the following CRAAP test to help evaluate the information you find. This checklist applies to any resource you may use for a school assignment, but keep in mind that some items are specific to websites.
Currency : The timeliness of the information.
Relevance : The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority : The source of the information.
Accuracy : The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Purpose : The reason the information exists.
The CRAAP test is provided by the Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.
Most of the time when you are searching databases provided by a school or university, the content has a good chance of being reliable.
However, when searching the internet via Google or other search engines, the chances of finding unreliable sites is much higher.
Review the following sites based on the CRAAP criteria:
Use critical thinking skills and evaluate the websites you find!