2What is RADCABBesides driving in a tripped out cab, RADCAB also stands as another way for us to examine, analyze, and evaluate information in a text.Before you use information from an article, website, or another source, you should make an effort to see if your source is reliable. The RADCAB acronym helps you remember what areas to address BEFORE you use the website's information.We are going to focus on RAD today.
3R Relevancy Is the information relevant to your topic ? Is the information relevant to the questions that you want to answer in your writing?
4AAppropriatenessIs the site/article/other source appropriate for you topic?Is it appropriate for your age and the age of your audience?Example: You wouldn’t want to use an excerpt from a news article from The New York Times for a group of preschoolers. You might use a reference from Dora the Explorer.Is the information confusing? Does it make you feel uneasy? If so, then it is probably not appropriate for your argument. You want information that you feel strongly about.
5DDetailAre there details that are in-depth and helpful for your argument?Is the source well-organized and easy to read?Does the source have a “works cited”?
7C Currency Make sure your information is up-to-date! The quality of our research is related to how carefully we analyze the currency of our information sources.Does your source tell when it was last published or updated?If you used a website, do the links that you have provided take you to an active website?
8AAuthorityAuthoritative information sources have everything to do with how accurate and credible the information presented is. You need to care who is behind the information you are using as a matter of personal integrity.Ask yourself:“What are the author’s qualifications?” This goes back to the “speaker” part of SOAPSTone.Did you find the same information listed in multiple places? On several websites? In several print versions of informative text?
9BBiasHow do you know if the information you have found has a special agenda behind it?Does the information have a particular angle, slant, or spin to it?Does the information exist because someone wants to inform me, persuade me, entertain me, or sell me something?Look for clues like:the domain namethe domain suffix (.com, .edu, .gov, etc.)the advertisingthe mission statementthe authorship or organization behind the informationthe tone of voice or language usedRemember: Bias isn’t always a bad thing. We just need to know why the information was written in the first place. When you can recognize bias, you can be a better judge of how you will use the information, or if you will even use it at all.
10Works Cited"Library Media - Website Eval (RADCAB)." Library Media - Website Eval (RADCAB). Castle Rock Middle School, Web. 14 Jan "RADCAB - Steps for Online Information Evaluation." RADCAB - Steps for Online Information Evaluation. N.p., 5 Nov Web. 14 Jan