CIT 101

What's an Annotated Bibliography?

Types of Information Sources

Evaluating Sources with CRAAP

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Currency - When was it published?  For websites, when was the last revision? Does your topic require the most current information?

Relevancy - How well does it relate to your topic? Who is the intended audience? Does this satisfy your information need?

Authority - Who is the author? What are the author's credentials or affiliations? Are they qualified to write on this topic?

Accuracy - Where does the information come from? Is the information supported by evidence? Does the author cite their sources?

Purpose - Is the purpose to inform, sell, entertain or persuade the reader? Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? Can you identify any bias?

Developing a Search Strategy

Types of Articles

Newspapers articles are written by journalists and reporters, written for the general public. They report on current events and news. They are published daily or weekly and range in length from a paragraph to 5 pages.  Magazines articles are written by journalists and specialists, for the general public. They report on current affairs, and popular topics and trends. They are published weekly or monthly and range in length from 1-10 pages. Peer-reviewed journal articles are written by scholars or researchers and written for other scholars and students. They report on original research or provide a detailed analysis of a topic. They are published monthly, quarterly or yearly and range in length from 10-50 pages.

Research Therapy: Evaluating Websites

Computer Science Databases

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How to Find Books & Articles with OneSearch

Watch this video to learn how to find books and articles using that big search box in the library's homepage.