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PSW Virtual Library Orientation

Web Information

Whenever you do research, use sources that are the best quality and best suited to your research task. Library resources are often your best bet in terms of the variety, relevance and quality, but web research can also lend valuable information to your assignments.

Here you'll find tips and tricks on how to conduct web searches effectively.

Search the Web like a Pro!

The following video provides an introduction to some simple search techniques that can be used to weed-out irrelevant and low-quality sources, so that you can find the most relevant and credible sources for your research task.

The CRAAP Test Method

CRAAP Method

Use the CRAAP Test method to determine if a web resource is right for you. Evaluate sources based on the following points:

  • Currency: When was the information published? Is it up to date?
  • Relevance: Is the information what you're really looking for? Who is the material written for: academics, professionals, students, or the general public?
  • Authority: Who published, wrote, or edited the information? Is the author an expert on the topic?
  • Accuracy: Is the information reliable and accurate? Do other sources verify this information?
  • Purpose: What is the purpose of the information? Is it biased to one point of view?