CRAAP test at Widener Universtiy - https://widener.libguides.com/EvalWebPages/CRAAP
Helpful Sites for Evaluating and Triangulating Advocacy Websites
Helpful Sites for Evaluating and Colleges
U.S. News and World Reports College Search - Search colleges around the country
Colleges of Distinction
US Department Of Education College Scorecard - This site provides statistics on colleges and universities from around the country based on the most current data available (usually trails current date by one year).
Use Lateral Reading to Spot Misinformation/Disinformation
Lateral Reading Strategies:
- Find information on the author: Google the author's name. Do they have a Wikipedia page? A LinkedIn page? A biography on a university or legitimate news site? Read through this information. What is the author's education and experience? Have they written for websites/newspapers/magazines that you are familiar with and trust?
- Check some fact-checking sites for help: Many claims have already been fact-checked for you. Try these sites:
- Find information about that website on Google: A search string that excludes results from that website will be helpful (example: New York Times -nytimes.com).
- Triangulate: Read through at least three articles on the same subject. These three stories will probably vary in the information that is presented. Taken together though, you should have a good idea of what the truth on the issue is. Think of it like the Venn diagram below. The green area is where all the articles agree. This is the information that should be trusted.
- Find information on the website using Wikipedia: Wikipedia isn't a source you want to cite in your research paper, but it is helpful for learning about a website or news source. Oftentimes, you will find information on who funds the site or political leanings that are common.
Find Background Information
General OneFile (Gale)
Search for information in mainstream, popular, specialized, and scholarly journals, 5 major newspapers, and 89 wire services.
Multi-disciplinary database of general reference publications. Coverage varies.
Gale eBooks is a collection of full-text e-books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.
Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.
Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
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