High School Research Guide: Step 3: Evaluate Resources

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Step 3: Evaluating Resources

Many students use the web to brainstorm ideas and find information to for their papers.  How can you tell if the information on a website can be trusted?  Watch the video below to find out!

Tips for Evaluating Websites

Librarians recommend that students use the databases listed on the library’s website to search for information. 


However, many students Google their topics and use information found on websites for their research papers.   Often, these sites contain old or inaccurate information. 

So, how can a student decide what is a good website?  They can use the "CRAAP" test!  Watch the video below to learn how!

Currency     Relevancy     Authority     Accuracy     Purpose


Here is a helpful overview on evaluating sources from Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL):