How can you tell if the information you find is good information? Use the CRAAP test. It's a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.
The timeliness of the information.
The importance of the information for your needs.
The source of the information.
The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
The reason the information exists.
CRAAP test adapted from California State University, Chico.
Limit your sites to either Educational or Government websites
by typing site:gov (for government websites) or site:edu (for educational websites)
You can also search .orgs but they are not as reliable as .edu or .gov
One reliable .org is the Pew Research Center
Google also has an advanced search. You can access it by go to the following url: https://www.google.ca/advanced_search
Google News is portal that allows you to search for information from only news organizations. Be warned that each organization has difference guidelines on accessing the fulltext or video of their reports.
Google Scholar, http://scholar.google.com/, is a way to search the internet for scholarly information on a given topic. Unlike a normal Google search, Google Scholar searches for scholarly information provided by academic publishers, professional societies, universities, repositories and scholarly organizations. The types of information Google Scholar provides include:
For the most part, Google Scholar provides a citation to articles without full-text access. If you use Google Scholar on campus you can see links to full text articles via library databases.
If you are using Google Scholar off campus, you will need to link Google Scholar to the full-text resources of Westchester Community College. You can consult our online guide on how to link WCC resources.