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History 148, US History III, with Katie Simonton: Find Web Resources

Evaluating Sources

Found a source you want to use? Make sure it is credible with the CRAP test:

C (Is the information current?)

How recently was the information created? Has the site been updated and maintained since the information was published? Does your topic require the newest information or is it historical?

(Is the information reliable?)

Does the author give you sources/citations to indicate where the information came from? Are claims backed up with verifiable evidence? Is the information skewed to one point of view?

(Is the author an authority on the subject?)

Who wrote the information? Who published it? Are they experts on the subject? What are their credentials?

P (What is the purpose of the information?)

Is the source designed to inform or persuade? What is the domain of the site (.gov or .com etc.)? How much of the site is ads? Do they relate to the information being presented? Why does the resource exist?

Use these four factors to determine whether you can trust a source. Questions? Ask a Librarian or email Haley any time.

Finding Resources on the Web

Not all web resources are created equal! Only .gov and .edu domains are regulated - which means not just anyone can get one. How do you just get results from these sites? Try a Google Site Search!

Go to http://www.google.com. Type in your search term(s) followed by site:.edu like this:

google search box

You can also do this from Google's Advanced Search (http://www.google.com/advanced_search)

advanced search using keywords in the main box and .gov as a domain search