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Genetics Technology: Websites

Evaluating Websites

When performing research in books at the LRC or in LRC-subscribed databases, you can be reasonably confident that you are using good sources. But when visiting other websites, it's not always so clear whether the information is appropriate for your research. When in doubt, use the CRAAP test, and consider the following aspects of the information:

Currency: the timeliness of the information

Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs

Authority: the source of the information

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

Purpose: the reason the information exists

To read more about the questions you should be asking, see the original CRAAP test from California State University, Chico.


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