Introduction to Online Sources

What you’ll learn to do: evaluate methods to assess the quality of online sources

Online source material is extremely popular and its use in academic work has grown exponentially over the past several years. In this section we define online sources as websites and publications available only online, as you will evaluate other multimedia sources in the next section. There are two types of online sources that you may use in your work: sources that are solely online and sources that are online but are exact versions of what is available in print form. In this section we will look exclusively at sources that are only available online, as you evaluated print sources in the previous section.

Take a look at the website Red Cup Rebellion. We’ll use it as a model for applying the C.R.A.A.P. analysis to a online sources.

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