It is very important to have a critical eye when searching for information found online that will be used for academic purposes. There is an evaluation criteria that can be followed in order to assist in this process.
Apply the C.R.A.A.P. Test. See the attached sheet for more details on how to apply this test.
Currency: Is this information current for the topic?
Reliability: Is this information presented with references, notes? What kind of resources does the author use?
Authority: Who is writing or presenting this information? What is their expertise on this topic?
Accuracy: How reliable is this information?
Purpose/Point of View: Why was this information produced? Who benefits or needs this information?
For more information on how to use and apply the C.R.A.A.P. Test please see this sheet produced by Meriam Library at California State Uniersity, Chico: C.R.A.A.P. Test - Evaluation Criteria.
This video found on You Tube is a short explanation of the C.R.A.A.P. test which is used to verify information resources as scholarly and /or academic.
This video was produced by Western Libraries at Western University.
Citation: "Evaluating Resources." YouTube, uploaded by Western Libraries, Western University, 13 January 2012, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyMT08mD7Ds.
The following video clip on plagiarism is the same one that I have shown in most of my library orientations in previous semesters. The full length video of "Plagiarism 2.0..." can be found on the Films on Demand electronic database. To access Films on Demand you will need to log in - please see the Logging into HCC Libraries LibGuide page for log-in instructions. If you experience log-in issues, please contact me via email, phone call or come see me at HCC's Plant City library. You can find my contact information in the Subject Guide box to the right.
Citation: Plagiarism 2.0: Information Ethics in the Digital Age. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2011. Web. 8 Feb. 2016.