Evaluating Online Information

Changes to Library services during the COVID-19 service disruption.

Google Responsibly and Know your C.R.A.P.

All information found online should be critically evaluated because there is no guarantee that it is reliable or accurate. If you are using Google Scholar, use these search tips:

  • Tip 1: Connect to Google Scholar from the library's Database list. By doing this you will have full-text access to articles that the library owns.
  • Tip 2: Click on Settings. Under Bibliography Manager, select "show links to import citation into" a citation manager.
  • Tip 3: Use the Google Advanced Search box to narrow your search by domain name: .edu or .gov.or .org
  • Tip 4: Put quotation marks around words to search for an exact phrase, ie: "thermophilic digestion"

C.R.A.P. = Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose/point of view --> look for these elements after doing general searches on Google or take the CRAP test by linking to Evaluating Online Information.

Content last updated: August 24, 2018