There's a lot of information out there. How do you decide whether it's good information? Use the following criteria to evaluate the sources you're considering: Known as the CRAAP Test, it was created by Sarah Blakeslee of the University of California at Chico's Meriam Library.
|Is the Information up-todate? Depending on your research topic, this might not be important.|
|Does the information address your topic?|
|Who is responsible for the information? Is s/he an expert on the topic?|
|Can the information be verified in other sources?|
|Why was the information created? To educate? To sell something? To entertain? To enforce a particular viewpoint?|
For a great introduction geared specifically towards the evaluation of websites, check out this video from our friends at the Community College of Vermont's Hartness Library!
What is a scholarly article?
A scholarly article appears in a publication, such as a journal, which is made up of articles on a narrow topic and which document and discuss the results of original research. Publishing in a scholarly journal is a method researchers use to communicate their research and share with other scholars in their field of study.
What is a popular article?
A popular article appears in a magazine or newspaper that you may buy at the supermarket. The content in these publications often covers current events or summarizes research done by others. The content in these publications is often brief, written in simple language, and may include pictures and advertisements. Authors are not always named, and sources are not always identified.
What should be the scope of my the Literature Review?
How do I know I am done?
How do I organize my literature review?
Of the results you found on the Using Google Advanced Search and Google Scholar page, identify the three sources that address your research topic most closely.
Apply the CRAAP criteria to each of the three sources.
Submit the name and publication information (title, author, book or journal title, URL) for each article and a sentence or two evaluating it against the CRAAP criteria.