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Pre-Law LEAP - Spring 1150 Engar: The Role of Law in Society: Library Session #1

In Class Exercise

We are going to evaluate different websites in groups of 3. Use the CRAAP test and be prepared to share your observations. 

Group 1 - The Volokh Conspiracy

Group 2 - The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency

Group 3 - Popehat

Group 4 - Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie

Group 5 - IP Watchdog 

Group 6 - Father's Rights

Group 7 - Law 360

Group 8 - The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

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Evaluating Websites and Blogs - Research Resources

Review resources we covered in the fall: WorldCat, Wikipedia, Google Scholar,, Credo Reference, America: History & Life, JSTOR, Proquest Databases (unhyperlinked resources can be found alphabetically at in Research Databases)

Web Evaluation - The CRAAP Test

Currency: The timeliness of the information.

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
  • Are the links functional? 

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
  • Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?

Authority: The source of the information.

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
  • Does the URL (.com .edu .gov .org .net) reveal anything about the author or source? 

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.

  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

Purpose: The reason the information exists.

  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases? 


Subject Specialist

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Rebekah Cummings
J Willard Marriott Library
295 South 1500 East
Digital Matters Lab
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LEAP Professor

Dr. Ann Engar

Sill 146


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