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Evaluating Web Sites & Other Information Sources: Why Evaluate?

A guide to assessing information quality.

Why Evaluate Information?

Bad information thrives, often alongside the good and the great. Unfortunately, there's nothing to alert the public to phony, false, or misleading information--except for your own skepticism, education, and evaluation skills.

Whether you’re using books, websites, or articles from a library database, it’s important to evaluate your sources as part of the research process. This guide gives you some of the fundamental questions to consider during evaluation.

Evaluating Sources (using the CRAAP Test)

Video by Western University Libraries, London, Ontario, Canada.

Subject Guide

Kristen Smith
ARC 220