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EDUC 111 - Fundamentals of Early Childhood Care & Education -Vanhefter

C.R.A.A.P. Test & Evaulating Resources

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

  • 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?

Types of URLs and Their Uses

URL Type of Information
.com (commercial) Commercial sites, ads, business info, shopping, news
.edu (education) School info, links to librarian and departments
.gov (government) Statistics, public info, facts, agency databases.
.org (organization) Non-profit information, interest group agendas, may try to influence public opinion
.net (network) Internet service provider, often sponsors personal sites

URL= Uniform Resource Locator

More than 100 URLs exist

List of URLs

Google Advanced Searching

Google Advanced Search - further limit your search for better results. It also provides easy access to more relevant results.

Add .edu, .org, or .gov into the "site or domain" box to target more reliable websites.

google advanced search

NAEYC

Education Websites