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PSY 2012 - Copper (Dale Mabry): Smart Googling

Google Search

Search webpages, images, videos and more.

How to Search on Google

C.R.A.P. Detection

Be sure to think carefully about the resources you are using. Apply the C.R.A.P. detection model

    * Currency - How recent is the information?

    * Reliability - What kind of information is included in the resource? Is it balanced? Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

    * Authority - Who is the creator or author? Who is the publisher or sponsor?  What is the author's or publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

    * Purpose/Point of View - Is this fact or opinion?  Is the creator/author trying to sell you something; persuade you about something?

Some people add another "A" to spell CRAAP. the extra a is for Accuracy - Is the content readable? Is the content truthful? Is the content correct?

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What about Wikipedia?

Wikipedia... helpful, but not perfect!  

 
 
 

A research article about Wikipedia and disinformation: 

  • Kumar, Srijan, Robert West, and Jure Leskovec. "Disinformation on the Web: Impact, Characteristics, and Detection of Wikipedia Hoaxes." Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on World Wide Web. International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee, 2016. [Available at http://cs.umd.edu/~srijan/pubs/hoax-www16.pdf]

What's Especially Helpful in Wikipedia

Wikipedia can give you quick background for your own knowledge and help you orient yourself to a topic if you know nothing about it

You can get ideas for search terms and key words to use in searching library tools.

While most professors will not accept Wikepedia as a cited source...

...the links at the end of the article—the sources the writer consulted—may lead you to a citeable source.