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Mr. Ellis-Lee's AP Research Paper: Evaluating Websites

C.R.A.P.: Questioning What You Find Online

—Currency:
—How recent is the information?
 
—When was the website last updated?
 
Is the information current enough for your topic?
—Reliability:
—What kind of information is included in the resource?
 
—Is the information mostly opinion?
 
—Is it biased?
 
—Are there references or sources for any quotes or facts and figures?
—Authority:
——Who is the author?
 
—What makes them an expert?
 
—Who is the publisher or sponsor?  Are they reputable?
 
—Why would they want to publish this information?
 
—Are there advertisements on the site?
—Purpose and POV:
Is the information based on fact or opinion?
 
—Is the information biased?
 
—Why did the author write this?
 
—Are they trying to sell you something?

The C.R.A.P Test

Give each website you find the CRAP test to determine if it is a reliable resources for your paper!

Googling Better

  • Use keywords and phrases (use the index/glossary of a book to help you)
  • Use Booleans to make your search more specific.  AND and NOT give you fewer results; OR gives you more!
  • Putting a phrases in " " forces Google to search for those words in that specific order/spelling
  • Use Site:.gov or .org or .edu to search a specific domain
  • Try using Google Advanced Search