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ART 2602: Introduction to Digital Studio Practice

Evaluating the Web with CRAAP

First things first: Find out what types of sources your instructor will allow you to use for the assignment. Some will only allow references from scholarly journals and books.

On second thought: If you are permitted to use web resources and newspaper and magazine articles in your papers and projects, you will want to evaluate the information to make sure that it is an authoritative and credible source (unless you are illustrating a point about them-- for example, showing depictions of women in the 1920s from a magazine).

Some things to consider in evaluating all types of sources*:
Currency: Is the information current and up-to-date?
Relevance: Does the information have anything to do with your topic?
Authority: Is it authoritative? (How do you know if the source is "legit"?)
Accuracy: Is reliable and true?
Purpose: Why does the information exist?

Did your website pass the CRAAP Test?!

*Criteria adapted from the CRAAP Test, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico

 

Evaluating & Reading Scholarly Articles

You've found your scholarly article using one of the suggested databases in this guide! Cheers! Now what?

  • What's the purpose of the article? (persuade, inform, prove something?)
  • What's the type of journal it comes from? Double-check to make sure it is scholarly! Refer to the diagram in the Introduction Tab
  • How is the article organized? What's the content like? (organized & focused, clearly presented argument)
  • Is there a bias? 
  • Is the date appropriate? (up-to-date, timless, out of date? This depends on what it is you're looking for)
  • Is there a bibliography? (for scholarly articles there is always a reference list of sufficient quality)
  • Who wrote it? (author should be expert in the field)
  • Who is the article intended for? (scholarly=researches, popular material=general audience)

This information is provided courtesy of the Colorado State University Libraries. Click the link for more in depth guidance OR contact your UWF librarian! 

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Questions to ask yourself as you read a scholarly article:

  • What is the specific topic?
  • What is already known about the topic? (This information will be in the article)
  • Do you agree with what the author is saying? Why/why not? (Maybe you read a different scientific article that reported different results!)
  • Does what the author says agree with the other information you have found?

Now you are thinking about the article! 

Check out this AMAZING & SHORT video tutorial from Western University on how to read a scholarly article!