On completion of this module, you will be able to evaluate the resources you find, such as books, journal articles and websites using the following criteria:
When searching for information about your topic it is important to critically evaluate the resources that you find.
You need to be able to distinguish between quality, authoritative resources, and those written or produced by amateurs or those with a particular bias.
In essence, it needs to pass the CRAP test: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Purpose.
Watch this CRAPpy song from Youtube (With thanks to Dr. Chad Bauman); read the information below and then complete the simple quiz.
(Resources can be books, articles, websites, reviews, blogs, personal commmunications etc.. anything you use in your essays and assignments.)
When was it published?
Look for a publication or copyright date on the
Has the source been updated in another edition?
Dates on web pages may indicate:
Broken Links can also indicate a webpage is not being regularly updated.
Is the content appropriate for your research topic or assignment?
The Oxford English Dictionary Online defines peer review as:
What are the author's credentials?
Who is the publisher?
Is the author associated with a reputable, unbiased institution or organization?