|Why||for finding specific information on your topic|
|What||facts and figures, reports (gray literature), some articles|
|How||when searching for information through the web, make sure to critically evaluate your sources. Trusted sites such ending in .gov, .mil, and .edu are recommended. Remember you can also use boolean operators and key terms to refine your search results!|
You can use the "CRAAP" test to help you evaluate the information sources you find.
Currency – How up-to-date is the information?
Relevance – Is the information directly about your topic? Is it too simple? Too complex?
Authority – Who is the author? What are his/her credentials? Where was the information published?
Accuracy – Where does the information come from? Is it consistent with unrelated sources?
Purpose – Why was this information published