Knowing how to find information is only half the battle. Once you have a list of results - whether it is webpages, books, videos or magazine articles - being able to pick the ones that will effectively and efficiently answer your research question is the skill you will need next.
Your search of the library catalog brought up the following 5 books, which one looks like it best addresses your topic of Bioterrorism and Homeland Security?
Take the CRAP Test
Evaluate Sources Based on the Following Criteria:
Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose/Point of View
* Currency -
* Reliability -
* Authority -
* Purpose/Point of View -
A Note on Website Domains - a quality filter in Advanced Google searching and in evaluating websites
What is the site’s domain? It is the part of the URL after the last "."
Although the system is far from perfect, the following list gives an several kinds of sites, as defined by their domains. While the type of domain is not a guarantee of reliable information, generally speaking site from .gov or .edu or .org domains are more reliable than those from dot-coms.
.gov — government agencies
.edu — educational institutions
.org — organizations, usually non-profit
.com — commercial businesses, including companies that host personal websites and blogs
.net — organizations related to the Internet itself, such as a local Internet Service Provider
Adapted from Vanderbilt University Library "What the Crap?": http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/central/crap_files/frame.htm and
Ohio University Libraries: http://libguides.library.ohiou.edu/content.php?pid=55785&sid=430665
The first thing we are going to talk about are criteria. What are the elements on which we are going to judge our sources? It may help to think like a reporter and ask yourself Who, What, Why, When, and Where?