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Google Scholar Search
If you've ever used Google Scholar, you may have been asked to pay for the articles you find, but you don't have to.
Go to Google Scholar via the Research Databases page of the library website (and sign in with your NetID and password if you're off campus), and you'll have access to all of the full-text articles in the library's collection.
Or use the search box below if you're on campus!
How do I evaluate websites?
If you find a website that you think might be useful for your assignment, use this list as an evaluation tool. This is just a starting point—you may find more points to consider as you become more comfortable with evaluating your sources. Some of these points are worth keeping mind as you evaluate articles, too.
- When was this article or page published? Has it been updated since then?
- Has the author written more recent papers on the same subject?
- Does this article contain statistics or data? Are more current figures available elsewhere?
- Does the information in this article answer your research question?
- Does the type of article fit the requirements of your assignment?
- Is this article appropriate for college-level research?
- Who wrote the article?
- Is the author an expert in the field? What credentials does he or she have to suggest that?
- Can you find any other resources that cite this article?
- Does the information in the article fit with what you already know about the subject?
- Does the article contain references or citations to other resources?
- Does the article seem to be objective, or is there any obvious bias or prejudice?
- Does the author use emotional language?
- Is the author writing on behalf of any company or political entity?
The CRAAP test was originally created by librarians at Meriam Library at California State University, Chico.