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Find Better Web Sources with Google
Type your keywords into Google and add the site: command, leaving a space between your words and the command. This will allow you to limit your web search to a specific domain. Only one domain can be searched at a time.
Copy and paste a command below to give it a try:
Subject Specific Search Engines
Try these search engines created to find resources that might be hidden from Google:
Search Federal, State, and Local Government documents and websites all in one search!
Full-text articles in the biomedical field and life sciences from the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
How to Evaluate Websites using the CRAAP Test
The CRAAP Test takes you through a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. The different quality measures will be more or less important depending on your situation or need. Give it a try!
Currency: How old is this information?
- When was the information published or posted?
- Has the information been revised or updated?
- Does your topic require current information?
- Are the links on the site functional?
Relevance: Does this information help me finish my assignment?
- Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
- Who is the intended audience?
- Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too easy or advanced for your needs)?
- Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is the one you will use?
Authority: Is whoever created this an expert on the subject?
- Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
- What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
- Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
- Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
- Does the URL (.edu/.gov/.com) reveal anything about the author or source?
Accuracy: How much can I trust this information?
- Where does the information come from?
- Is the information supported by evidence?
- Has the information been reviewed or verified by someone other than the author?
- Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
- Are there spelling, grammar, or typing errors?
Purpose: Why was this information created?
- What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain, persuade?
- Is the information factual, opinion, or propaganda?
- Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
- Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?
Test Your Ability to CRAAP
See if you can figure out which of these websites could pass the CRAAP Test.
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