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CCA 191: Evaluating Websites

MUSC 191

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Evaluating Websites

Not sure if a website is good to use for a paper? Watch the video below!

Evaluating Your Own Website

We most often interact with website as consumers, but your Website Assignment will shift you into the role of website author/designer.  Consider the same points from the video above when evaluating your own website:

  • Author  Are you clearly identified as the author of the website?  Are your credentials (training and experience) accurately stated?
  • Agenda  Is the purpose of your website clear?  (Why would someone be looking for your website?  Is the information they want easily available?)
  • Contact Information  Is appropriate contact information provided?  
  • Evidence  Does your website include evidence of your work and the quality of your work?

Applying the CRAAP Test

Love Wikipedia?

Using Wikipedia Effectively for Research

Make Wikipedia a launching pad, not a destination.

Wikipedia even has an article on "Researching with Wikipedia," in which they say:  

    • Always be wary of any one single source (in any medium — web, print, television or radio), or of multiple works that derive from a single source.
    • Where articles have references to external sources (whether online or not) read the references and check whether they really do support what the article says.
    • In most academic institutions, major references to Wikipedia, along with most encyclopedias, are unacceptable for a research paper. Other encyclopedias, such as Encyclopædia Britannica, have notable authors working for them and may be cited as a secondary source in most cases.