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Evaluating Sources: Test Yourself

Learn tools you can use to evaluate information.

Activity

In this activity we will look at several online resources. What are your initial impressions? Make use of the CRAAP Test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose). Will you use the information in your academic writing or research?

Book/eBook

Green, D. (2016) How change happens. Available at: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/how-change-happens-9780198785392?cc=gb&lang=en&# (Accessed: 15 Sepember 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 917 votes (80.65%)
No: 220 votes (19.35%)
Total Votes: 1137

News Stories

Pandey, M. (2020) 'Coronavirus: I got a job after 280 rejections', BBC News, 15 September. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-54164417 (Accessed: 15 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 452 votes (43.17%)
No: 595 votes (56.83%)
Total Votes: 1047

Podcast

The Onion (2020) Sephora awarded NASA contract to give Moon fresh, fun makeover [Podcast]. 9 September. Available at: https://www.theonion.com/sephora-awarded-nasa-contract-to-give-moon-fresh-fun-m-1844996516 (Accessed: 15 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 129 votes (14.05%)
No: 789 votes (85.95%)
Total Votes: 918

Comment:
The Onion is one of America's premier parody news sites.

Scholarly Article

Ribeiro, M. A. (2020) 'Contributions of psychology to rethinking the decent work concept', Revista Psicologia, 3, pp. 1114-1121. DOI: 10.17652/rpot/2020.3.19488.

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 646 votes (77.55%)
No: 187 votes (22.45%)
Total Votes: 833

Statistics

UNICEF (2020) Malnutrition prevalence remains alarming: stunting is declining too slowly while wasting still impacts the lives of far too many young children. Available at: https://infogram.com/1pddky9y0g3mr2hmvlq5rwzjwmikekjl69v (Accessed: 15 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 635 votes (83.77%)
No: 123 votes (16.23%)
Total Votes: 758

Video

Kimmel, M. (2015) Why gender equality is good for everyone - men included [TED]. Available at: https://tinyurl.com/y3wx3rx4 (Accessed: 15 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 465 votes (56.64%)
No: 356 votes (43.36%)
Total Votes: 821

Website

ZPi (2020) Help save the end pacific northwest tree octopus from extinction. Available at: https://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ (Accessed: 17 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 201 votes (26.98%)
No: 544 votes (73.02%)
Total Votes: 745

Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia

'Sustainable city' (2020) Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_city (Accessed: 16 September 2020).

Would you use this source in your academic writing and research?
Yes: 82 votes (11.34%)
No: 641 votes (88.66%)
Total Votes: 723

Comment:
I am sure you've been told many times by different instructors to not use Wikipedia as a source. It is not appropriate to cite Wikipedia directly in your work. Most Wikipedia articles themselves aren't yet considered reliable enough as sources for a research paper, but references and external links may support you and direct you to vital sources.

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