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ED 101: Teacher Tenure - Resources and Research (Kovar): Source Evaluation

To Google, or Not to Google...

Well, why NOT?  We'd be lying to you if we claimed we didn't "Google stuff up"...

How to use Google a little more effectively:

  • search terms you need as a phrase in quotes, i.e. "math strategies", not math strategies
  • Use the Advanced search, and manipulate the date and domain feature (among others!)
  • Use the CRAAP test to evaluate what you are finding--just because it shows up on the first page doesn't mean it is the best information for your project!


CRAAP Evaluation

Something to Think About

The evaluation tool introduced here is designed to be used with all types of resources. You  constantly need to be asking yourself the questions in the evaluation, regardless of the format of the material. We do put more emphasis on evaluating web sources, but each source you are going to use in your work should be evaluated with a critical eye. Don't just take what is written at face value; think about it.


Evaluation Criteria

Currency: The timeliness of the information

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs

Authority: The source of the information

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content

Purpose: The reason the information exists