Evaluate Internet Sources

Evaluate internet sources. In this video you will learn how to properly
evaluate internet sources. You will also learn about different types of internet sources. There is immeasurable data and
information on the Internet. But how reliable and accurate is it? Anyone can post just about anything on the internet without taking any kind of responsibility. This leads to tons of false information and these poor sources of information can affect your work. Using the Internet is fine for starting your research but everything you use must be critically evaluated first. The CRAAP test is just one recommended method used to properly evaluate sources. It stands for currency, relevance, authority, Accuracy, and purpose. These are the criteria you will use to determine an internet source’s credibility. When evaluating the currency of a website here are some of the things that you want to consider: When was this website
published? When was this website last updated? Are there any broken links? Does my topic require the most up-to-date information? Different websites will have
their currency in different places. Sometimes it’s very obvious and sometimes you’ll need to do a little bit of searching. If you can’t figure out when an article on a website was published or updated, you may want to reconsider using it. Relevance asks just how important is
this information to my topic. Does this website specialize in a specific topic or does it talk about a lot of different things? And is the article in this website offer in-depth coverage or a brief overview? You also definitely want to consider the URL of the websites such as dot com .org .gov and .edu. Each of these types of websites have different purposes. Authority is concerned with who or
what wrote and published this material. What is the author’s expertise on the subject? Usually their information is
located at the bottom or top of the page. Again looking at a URL is key in terms of
establishing authority. Accuracy asks how factual is
this information? Can this information be found in other sources? Accuracy is directly informed by the
author’s authority. And accurate information should be free from bias. The information you want to use should not be colored by the creator’s emotions, opinions, or perceptions. And finally Purpose asks why is this information here, what’s the point? What are the authors or creators of the website trying to accomplish? Again look to the type of website that the articles are appearing in. Every piece of information out there has a purpose whether it’s for good or bad. It’s up to you to try to figure out which it is. If you have any questions please call or text us at the numbers on your screen or ask us at libanswers.utep.edu.

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