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Wiki Sourced to Wicked Good: Open Internet & Library-Supported Information
Background on evaluating open internet resources for academic work and suggestions of library-supported sources for general information-gathering
This table illustrates how the UMass evaluation criteria relate to the CRAAP evaluation criteria.
What more detailed criteria and techniques for evaluation were recommended in the UMass video?
Look at the highest level DOMAIN of the URL [Remember: any one may use dot com, dot net, or dot org – not necessarily non-profits.]
Check the ABOUT link: legitimate sites tell you why they exist and what their mission and goals are. The publisher or “responsible party” should be clear. Bias and limits to objectivity, i.e. vested interests, are often revealed here.
Whose information is this? Was it generated here or borrowed. If borrowed, did that author/publisher have the authority or expertise to write on the topic?
What is missing? Ignoring key facts – “cherry-picking” the available data – means the site is creating an inaccurate picture even though the facts stated may be correct.
[Fry and Laurie’s famousLibrary vs Cricket sketchillustrates clearly how missing data distorts our understanding of a topic.]