Information needs can take a lot of different forms. This page focuses on information needs you'll face in your classes, like needing sources for a paper or presentation. Information used in academic settings traditionally come from scholarly journals and books, accessed through our library's databases.
The most important tool on this page is the CRAAP or TRAAP test, discussed below.
This quick BBC video covers the topic well:
Who’s responsible for checking that the information in a Web document (including news sites) is accurate? You!
Nobody else oversees the accuracy of billions of World Wide Web documents. Many websites offer quick, convenient, accurate information, but many do not. With no overall standards for quality, websites may contain information which may be inaccurate, outdated or offensive to you.
These guidelines will help you evaluate any information, on the Web or elsewhere:
Date and Currency:
More about evaluating information:
These sites list hoax and spam sites:
Snopes shared this article:
John Green offers this Crash Course series: