Evaluating Websites Quick Guides
Detecting Bias or Point of View
Great handout with examples of major news publications and their "point of view." From Lakeland CC, Lakeland Library.
Guide to Primary Sources
Evaluate Sources--CRAAP Test
The critical evaluation of information is an essential skill when conducting quality research. It is also a skill that can be used throughout your life. It involves a combination of common sense, knowledge, skepticism, and verification. Not all of the information you find will be suitable.
With so much information available, in many different formats, and from many different sources, each piece of information that you select must be carefully reviewed or evaluated to ensure the quality, authority, perspective and balance that best supports your research. But what do you look for? It can be overwhelming.
Use questions from the CRAAP test to help evaluate sources. (CRAAP acronym used courtesy of Meriam Library, California State University, Chico)
Some Authoritative Open Source Websites
When using free Internet resources, take care to evaluate them for authority, currency, accuracy, coverage, purpose, and intended audience.