Evaluating web sites

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In this assignment, you will be
evaluating the three web sites listed below to determine if the website
has the quality to be used in a research project.

TheNutritionSource (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

ChooseMyPlate (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

NutritionData (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Below is a check list you need to fill
out to guide you into determining if the website has the quality to be
used in a research project. Go to each website and score it using the
C.R.A.A.P. Test Worksheet.

The C.R.A.A.P. Test Worksheet

Use the following list to help you
evaluate sources. Answer the questions as appropriate, and then rank
each of the 5 parts from 1 to 10 (1 = unreliable, 10 = excellent). Add
up the scores to give you an idea of whether you should you use the
resource in a research project.

Currency: the timeliness of the information………………………………………………..______
• When was the information published or posted?
• Has the information been revised or updated?
• Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?
• Are the links functional?

Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs…………………………______
• Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
• Who is the intended audience?
• Is the information at an appropriate level?
• Have you looked at a variety of sources before choosing this one?
• Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?

Authority: the source of the information……………………………………………………….______
• Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
• Are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
• What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
• What are the author’s qualifications to write on the topic?
• Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
• Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?

Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content………………..______
• Where does the information come from?
• Is the information supported by evidence?
• Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
• Can you verify any of the information in another source?
• Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
• Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Purpose: the reason the information exists…………………………………………………______
• What is the purpose of the information?
• Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
• Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
• Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
• Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?

Total:

  • 45-50 Excellent
  • 40-44 Good
  • 35-39 Average
  • 30-34 Borderline
  • Below 30 Unacceptable

After giving your website a score:

Explain why you gave the scores you
did for each of the 5 areas. If it was low score or if it was a high
score, which of the questions for that area was most important and why.
For example you might have given your website a low score for Purpose. This might be because the information was more opinions that fact and the purpose of the site was not clear.

Tip: to do well on
this assignment, just follow the example on the previous page of the Dr.
King website for each of the 3 websites here and you will do fine.

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