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The purpose of this guide is to
Look at some resources that your Library makes available to you:
Put phrases in quotes (Examples: "identity theft" & "genetically modified food")
Be specific. The more words you add, the more relevant your search will be. (Example: autism environmental causes)
Look for sites that end in .edu, .gov, and .org. These are usually more reliable than .com sites. (Sample search: “human trafficking” site:gov)
Use a minus sign to exclude terms from your search. (Example: salmon -recipes)
You provide the quality control for the information you find on the Web, so remember to apply this test when you evaluate websites:
C=Currency (How recent is the information? When was the site last updated?)
R=Reliability (Is the content balanced or biased? Are sources or references provided?)
A=Authority (Who is the author/sponsor? Are credentials & contact info available?)
P=Purpose (What is the intent of the site—to provide accurate info or sell something?)
Look at the following PowerPoint slide show for an explanation of the CRAP test used to evaluate websites.
After viewing the PowerPoint slides take a look at the two websites listed below that provide information on ADHD. Which website do you think is a better source for a research paper?
Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, can be a good place to start your research for
Always consult other, more reliable sources.
Most instructors don’t want you to cite Wikipedia in a research paper.