COR 110 Parsley: Using Website Resources

How to Find Web Pages and Web Resources

Web Searching Tips

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You may use a search engine, such as Google or Google Scholar to search for resources on the web. Unfortunately, "everything" is not on the Internet and Google does not search "everything" that is on the Internet.

Most information that can be considered valuable is rarely available for free, and a lot of "free" information is simply not reliable. This is one reason why the Library pays for you to access thousands of journals and books for free, online and in print. Awesome for you!

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When deciding whether or not to cite a website in your work, you will need to decide whether or not the information comes from a credible or reliable source.  Authorship, organizational affiliation, timeline (when the page was created, how up to date it is), scope, accuracy, objectivity, and degree of bias are all things to look out for and consider. 

Use the CRAAP Criteria seen below to help evaluate your web resources. 

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Webpages come in all shapes and colors.  Some different types of websites include: personal webpages, websites designed to advocate or further a special interest or bias, websites of professional and industry associations, news and journalistic websites, and commercial websites.  

Most website domains (.com, .org, .info, .net, etc.) can be registered by anyone for a nominal fee.  A few domains are restricted, including .gov (U.S. Government) and .edu (accredited educational institution). Find out more about domain names here


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Remember: almost anyone can make a blog, website, publish "news", or assert an opinion on the web. You should never evaluate the reliability of a website based on how attractive or "professional" its visual design appears to be; this has no bearing on the information it contains.  

It is up to you to evaluate information that you encounter, think critically, and determine a website's credibility and validity as a source.


 

Corette Librarians are ready to assist you in evaluating resources, as well as finding what you need - contact us today!

Domain Names

About Domain Names


The domain of a website (the postscript at the end of a web address) can be a good indicator of the the website's authority and accuracy.

  • .com Commercial Site

  • .gov Government Agency

  • .edu Higher Education

  • .org Organization. May be charitable, religious, or a lobbying group.

  • .mil Military

  • .net Internet Service Provider

 

Watch this 2 minute 16 second video overview about how to evaluate sources. 

 

CRAAP Test to evaluate websites

Evaluating a source's quality (the CRAAP Method)


Use the below "CRAAP" criteria to determine if a website is a quality resource and meets you (and your faculty member's) requirements:

CRAAP Test

Click to view a large version from the UC San Diego Library website.

 

Page Credits

Columbia Southern University. "Domain Names." How to do research: Using website resources. 13 Mar. 2020, https://libguides.columbiasouthern.edu/c.php?g=493579&p=3401687

UC San Diego. "CRAAP Test." Preuss School: Website Evaluation. 9 Apr. 2020, https://ucsd.libguides.com/preuss/webeval

Western University. "Evaluating Sources." YouTube, 13 Jan. 2012, https://youtu.be/EyMT08mD7Ds