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Consumer Affairs: CAFF 226

CAFF 226: Consumer Life Skills

OneSearch: A place to start

Finding Statistics

An easy way to find government statistics on almost any topic is with this Google search

[TOPIC] statistics site:.gov

How to Get an Article

Evaluating Resources

All consumers should evaluate any resource they read or use. For websites, make sure there is an ABOUT page. An acronym to help you remember how to evaluate sources is the C.R.A.P. test:

  • Currency: Is the information timely?
    • Does the document or website include a "last updated" date or a copyright date?
  • Reliability: Unless you found the resource in a library, have experience with the source, or were referred to the source by a knowledgeable person, the answer generally relies on the next two (authority and purpose).
    • A clue: If the document contains research, does it include data and an explanation of the research method(s) used to gather the data? 
  • Authority: Who wrote this?
    • What are their credentials? 
    • Does the author list sources or cite references?
  • Purpose: What kind of website is it?
    • Is it from a government agency (.gov),
    • A university (.edu) or library,
    • A nonprofit organization (.org), or
    • Is it a commercial website (.com)? 
    • Does the website include advertising, and if so, are the ads clearly identified? 
    • Is the information on the website fact or opinion? If it is opinion, does the author acknowledge various points of view? Is the author trying to push an agenda? 

 

AN EXAMPLE: 4 SOURCES FOR COVID INFO

.GOV  .EDU
.COM  .ORG

Check their currency, their reliability, their authority and their purpose.