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PSY 203/204 Research Methods & Statistics: Web & News Sources

Evaluating Web Sources                                                          Evaluating News Sources

Evaluating Websites | The CRAAP Test



Evaluating web sites

This video is created by the Seneca Libraries and it shows how to evaluate sources using the CRAAP Test (developed at CSU-Chico Mariam Library).‚Äč

Understanding The Search Results We See

(Watch this video to learn about...) 

FILTER BUBBLES result from personalized searches when a website algorithm selectively guesses what information a user would like to see based on information about the user (such as location, past click-behavior and search history). As a result, users become separated from information that disagrees with their viewpoints, effectively isolating them in their own cultural or ideological bubbles.  This term was coined by internet activist Eli Pariser in his book by the same name.

Info from Wikipedia


Be wary of Wikipedia for college level research: 

- is a general encyclopedia, typically college assignments are looking for more than baseline info on a topic

- it is collaborative and anyone in the world can author it (it is difficult to check on their authority)

- content may be frequently changing (view edit history)

- articles probably do not meet the standards of scholarly materials

It can be useful for:

- following the references

- get some general information on a topic (especially if that topic is new)


Or be like Michael Scott...

Evaluating News Sources | 6 Questions

Six questions that will tell you which news to trust | American Press Institute

1. Type: What kind of content is this?

2. Source: Who and what are the sources cited and why should I believe them?

3. Evidence: What’s the evidence and  how was it vetted?

4. Interpretation: Is the main point of the piece proven by the evidence?

5 Completeness: What’s missing?

6. Knowledge: Am I learning every day what I need?


More resources:

How to Choose Your News | TED-Ed Damon Brown

How to Spot Fake News (video) |