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English 101 and 102: Evaluating information

This research guide will help you find quality information to support the ideas you write in your essays. It also provides resources to assist in proper citation.

Fake news ain't nothin' new!

 If I told you that Bigfoot and Mothman were regular guests at the Greenbrier, you would probably doubt me.  And that's a good thing.  But sometimes false or deceptive information isn't as easy to discern. How do you determine whether the information you are using is valid? Here is a CRAAP test, courtesy of California State University, Chico. http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf

Types of Resources

Web Resources  vs  Research/Academic Databases
  • Anyone can contribute
  • Contains peer-reviewed articles
  • Information may not be accurate
  • Written by experts
  • Information may be outdated
  • Reviewed by experts
  • Author may be biased
  • Vendors & publishers credible
  • Information not reviewed by experts