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SHB PHI205: Web sites

Is it a database or a website?

Libraries purchase databases which index journal articles and often provide full-text copies of those articles.  Although purchased databases are accessed through the internet, they are not "internet sources" or "websites."  Instead, think of these sources as products designed to facilitate academic research.   Because they are purchased, they are not freely available to the public.

Sources other than licensed databases are freely available via Google or other search engines. Publishing information on the Internet is relatively simple and cheap, which, unfortunately, makes it vulnerable to abuse.  Like any information source, Internet sites need to be carefully evaluated for academic use, using the criteria in the box on the right.

Some websites to try

Evaluate sources with the CRAAP test

CRAAP is a set of easy-to-use (and remember!) criteria for evaluating your sources, including websites. Take a look at the worksheet and video below to learn how to apply these criteria.

C: Currency

R: Relevance

A: Authority

A: Accuracy

P: Purpose