Evaluating Websites

Welcome to Real Websites, Real Advice, the
show where we look at websites and tell you if they’re safe to use for your research.
I’m Suspicious Sally. And I’m Skeptical Sue.
We’ve both been burned by bad websites before, so we know how you feel.
That’s right. I once thought I could charge my iPhone by plugging it into an onion.
And I thought all cats were girls and all dogs were boys.
That doesn’t make sense, Sue. But I saw it online.
That just goes to show how careful you have to be when you’re looking for information
online. Anyone can post anything at any time. And there’s no guarantee that anyone has checked
it for accuracy Unless you check it yourself.
Why don’t we do something different today. Instead of judging a bunch of websites, why
don’t we show our viewers how to judge them for themselves.
Let’s show them CRAAP! Sally!
Sue, CRAAP is an acronym. i knew that.
CRAAP is a simple but powerful set of criteria that can help you figure out whether or not
a website is safe to use for your research. Currency — is the information up-to-date?
When was it posted? Is the website updated regularly?
Relevance — does the information relate to your research topic? Is it in-depth enough
for academic use? Authority — is the author qualified to write
about this topic? Look for subpages like “About Me” and try looking up the author in Google.
Good authors list their contact information too.
Accuracy — is the information reliable, error-free, and supported by evidence? Make sure that
the author has cited their work. Purpose — is the information presented objectively
or could be the author be trying to sell, entertain, or persuade? It’s important to
be aware of any potential biases. You can also use CRAAP to analyze news reports,
documentaries, books, and any other information you find offline or online.
So get CRAAPin’ and keeps your marks happenin’. Thanks
for watching!

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