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Defining CRAAP

Defining CRAAP

Credibility is dependent on all the variables in CRAAP: currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose.  So where exactly do we all draw the line for credibility? The CRAAP test will teach you exactly where that line belongs and how to draw it in.

The purpose of a website can be to  spread humor, to educate, to persuade, to sell or even to deliberately mislead or place people in danger, either physically or emotionally. Intentions, however pure, are not enough. The site must be created by a credible authority and the content must be accurate and of course it must must be relevant to the topic in hand.

Not all non-credible content online is bad, in fact some of it is downright brilliant. But none of it is suitable for college level work, unless your project is about non-credible, humorous or dangerous websites. Much online non-credible content is benign or intended to entertain.  Such as the fictitious website for Dog Island or  The Aluminum Foil Deflector BeanieThe Dangers of Bread and the hilarious Velcro Crop Failures.

But if you are seriously researching  animal rights,  would this one fool you? Save the Rennets  Or would this fake site spur you to take action?  Bonsai Kitten 

And what about the more dangerous stuff like: online pregnancy testsgenetic body modificationsfake drug sites, nonexistent hospitals, bogus genetics testing? And then there are the hoaxes perpetuated on the internet that resulted in the loss of money, reputation or faith in institutions, such as: Emulex Hoax, Stone Age Discoveries, Fake Film Critic

Its not just the bizarre, humorous or dangerous that are not credible. Sites such as Wikipedia cannot be considered credible due to lack of authority. Anyone, yes anyone, can post on the site.  Wikipedia is not credible, despite its currency, possible relevance to your topic and the stated intention of the site to inform the reader.  There is no central authority for this site, so the accuracy of the entries are all called into question. 

None of these sites, however funny and unbelievable or especially if they still seem credible to you, would pass the CRAAP test for college projects.  Some could prove dangerous if taken seriously. 

Resources for the New Kids Assignment

Welcome, New Kids! 

The tools in the virtual library will help you find resources for your courses both in the library and online.
  • Click on the Home tab for an overview of the library resources.
  • Click on the Library Databases tab to access the licensed library resources

To access resources to use for the New Kids Assignment

 

OPTION 1

Click on a Program Guide below, then click on the Websites tab

to choose a linked website for your assignment.

 

 

OR

 

OPTION 2

Conduct a Google Search on your topic to find a relevant website in the results

In the results, click on News for current information, and click on 

More to access Financial and other Commercial sites.

 

Assignment Topics, Rubrics & Criteria

CRAAP Worksheet and Rubric

TOPICS:

  • Universal Health Care
  • Bitcoin
  • Charter Schools
  • Climate Change
  • Concealed Weapons
  • DACA
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Global Warming
  • Russian Hacking
  • Vaccinations
  • Zero Tolerance immigration policies

Website Domains

DOMAIN URL TYPE OF INFORMATION

.com 

(commercial)

Commercial sites, ads, business info, shopping, news

.co

(personal)

Personal websites

.edu

(education)

School info, links to libraries & departments

.org

(organisations)

Non-profit information, interest group agendas, influencers of public opinion

.net

(networks)

Internet service providers, sponsored personal sites

.gov

(government)

U.S. government sites

 


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