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ENGLISH 84 Survey of American Literature: Evaluate

English 084 A and B - created for Helen Han by Joy Chase

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Authority & Credibility: The source of the information        

  • Who is the author of this page?
  • What are their credentials? Are they affiliated with an institution?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on this topic? 
  • Does the site display this information? Contact information given? 
  • What does the URL reveal about the page? 
    • .org  -- non-profit organization 
    • .edu -- educational institution 
    • .gov -- government organization 
    • .com -- commercial site 


Plagiarism is the copying or close imitation of information from a published source.

 Plagiarism is not allowed at Evergreen Valley College. If a student is caught plagiarizing, he or she could fail the class or even be expelled. To avoid plagiarism you must put quotation marks around information that is directly copied from a sorce and cite all thoughts, ideas, arguments, research, quotations and obscure facts taken from your sources using a recognized citation format like MLA.

Use an Evaluation Test

 Try the CRAAP test (pdf)






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

  • Is the information supported by evidence? Is the evidence cited?
  • Objectivity: The reason the information exists      
  • What is the purpose of this page? To inform? Persuade? Sell? Entertain? Rant? 
  • Does the author state the goals for this site?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?

Currency: The timeliness of the information     

  • When was this page created?  Is there a revision/creation date?

Coverage & Relevancy: The importance of the information for your needs   

  • Is the information is adequately covered on this website?

For more tips see
The Georgetown University Library [Guide] Evaluating Internet Resources


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