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ENC1101/ENC1102 Plant City and MacDill: Evaluating Resources & Plagiarism

This Library Guide (Research Guide) is to be utilized as a general resource for the English Composition (ENC) classes offered at HCC Plant City Campus.

Evaluating Resources - CRAAP Test

Evaluating Online Resources

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.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Resources

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,

Plagiarism in the Digital Age

Plagiarism 2.0: Information Ethics in the Digital Age

The following video on plagiarism is a clip of a longer  video called "Plagiarism 2.0..." which 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.  

Citation:  Plagiarism 2.0: Information Ethics in the Digital Age. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2011. Web. 8 Feb. 2016.

IS this book scholarly?

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