Evaluate websites that have information you would like to use in your assignments.
Look on each website for an "About Us" page to answer some of the following questions:
Apply the CRAAP Test!
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Why NOT to use Wikipedia for academic research:
|X||Anyone can contribute to a Wikipedia article.|
|X||No information about authors' credentials and purpose.|
How Wikipedia CAN be useful in the beginning stages of research:
|√||A basic overview of your topic.|
|√||Important names and vocabulary related to your topic.|
|√||Table of contents for some entries, helping you to understand how your topic can be organized.|
References and other websites that may be helpful (though you will need to evaluate them to be sure).
Here's how to craft a better search: