Research & Resources @ The Library. Prepared for Political Science 100 Dr. Claudia Schaler September 26, 2013 Suzanne van den Hoogen, MLIS. Outline A Virtual Tour of the Library Website Finding Information Evaluating Information Plagiarism Paraphrasing Citation Sources
Prepared for Political Science 100
Dr. Claudia Schaler
September 26, 2013
Suzanne van den Hoogen, MLIS
How recent is the information?
Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/updated?
Based on your topic, is this current enough?
Why might the date matter for your topic?
What kind of information is included in the resource?
Is the content primarily opinion?
Is the information balanced or biased?
Does the author provide citations & references for data?
Can you determine who the author/creator is?
What are their credentials (education, affiliation, experience)?
Who is the publisher or sponsor of the work/site?
Is this publisher/sponsor reputable?
Purpose / Point of View
What’s the intent of the article (to persuade you, to sell something)?
For Web resources, what is the domain (.edu, .com, etc.)? How might that influence the purpose/point of view?
Are there ads on the Web site? How do they relate to the topic? Is the author presenting fact or opinion?
Based on the original CRAP TEST created by Librarian Molly Beestrum, Dominican University
LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) wiki (2008). The CRAP test. Retrieved from http://loex2008collaborate.pbworks.com/w/page/18686701/The%20CRAP%20Test
“Plagiarism is the use of someone else's words, ideas, or creative works without a proper citation. This misrepresentation of another's work as your own is an act of academic dishonesty, and as such is subject to academic discipline.”
Angus L. Macdonald Library. Retrieved from http://sites.stfx.ca/library/plagiarism on Septemer 15, 2013
StFX Step-by-Step Research Guide Retrieved from http://stfx.libguides.com/aecontent.php?pid=480283&sid=3935208 on September 12, 2013.
LB2369 T8 2007
Z253 U69 2010
Image Source: http://robcrispe.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/info_overload.jpg