Presentation on theme: "Have You Evaluated??? Is that site good enough to cite???"— Presentation transcript:
Have You Evaluated??? Is that site good enough to cite???
It’s okay to be confused!! There are billions of websites out there. Many of them are not worthy of your time and don’t belong in your works cited page. Sometimes it’s very hard to tell treasure from trash. Most times Web Developers don’t want you to understand the difference!
REMEMBER!! Anyone can publish anything on the Web!! It is your job, as a researcher, to look for quality!
Let’s try the C.R.A.P. test. Okay, so how do we know if a site is good?
How to spot a good site! Perform the C.R.A.P. Test: C. Currency R. Reliability A. Authority P. Purpose
Currency How recent is the information? Can you find a date for when the resource was written/created/updated? Based on YOUR topic, is this current enough? Why might the date matter for your topic?
7 Look for currency clues! When was this information created? When was it revised? Are these dates meaningful for your information needs? Has the author of the page stopped maintaining it? Be suspicious of undated material. 7
Reliability What kind of information is included in the resource? Is the content primarily opinion? Is the information balanced or biased? An editorial or personal blog? Are there references and citations included?
Authority Can you find who wrote the page? Is there an author, institution, organization responsible for the site? What are their credentials? Are they an expert in the field?
10 Look for authoritative clues! Words and phrases to look for: About us, Who Am I, FAQs, For More, Company Information, Profiles, Our Staff, Home E-mail the author - If you have no information other than an e-mail link, write a polite e-mail asking for more information. 7
PURPOSE What is the intent of the site or article? (to persuade you, to sell something, etc)? What is the web domain extension? (.edu,.com,.org,.gov) Are there ads on the site? Are they related to the topic? Is the author giving you his opinion or true facts?
Remember, the free Web is not your only choice! Our school subscribes to databases and e-books: EBSCOhost Facts on File ABC CLIO
EBSCOhost Go to the Long Branch Public Schools homepage Click on the Educators & Staff tab Click on Teacher Links Scroll down to EBSCOhost Enter the username- lbms Enter the password- thewave Here is the direct link: EBSCO Host Research Databases
16 I chose the History Reference Center and am searching for articles about the 1920’s 16
17 Results..... 17 Always make sure Full Text is checked!
Facts on File Go to the Long Branch Public Schools homepage Click on the Educators & Staff tab Click on Teacher Links Scroll down to Facts on File Enter the username- lbms Enter the password- thewave Here is the direct link: Facts On File