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Library Resources for Online Learning: Helpful Websites

A brief guide to select library resources available to Online Learners.

Website Evaluation tools

Think carefully about the sources you are finding and using. Apply the C.R.A.A.P. detection model (click links for tips):

  • 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?
  • Accuracy - Is the content readable? Is the content truthful? Is the content correct?
  • Purpose/Point of View - Is this fact or opinion? Is the creator/author trying to sell you something; persuade you about something?