Source badge

Source badge: How do you know online information is reliable?

  • Use the CRAAP Test (developed by the California State University-Chico Library):
  • Is it CURRENT?
  • Does it seem RELEVANT to what you are looking for?
  • Is it AUTHORITATIVE (does the source know what he or she is talking about)?
  • Is it ACCURATE and sourced?
  • What is its PURPOSE (to educate, inform, sell, etc.)?
Howl badge

Howl badge: You are a search expert!

  • Use keywords
  • Narrow your search terms, but not too narrow
  • Use multiple search engines
  • Don’t forget about databases and your library’s online resources
Critic badge

Critic badge: You are no longer a couch potato!

  • What is the message this ad is trying to convey?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What techniques (design, psychological, emotional, etc.) do the advertisers use to get across their message?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the message?
Social badge

Social badge: Share, baby, share.

  • You share quality information with your networks.
  • You link to original sources and give credit where credit is due.
  • You follow people who have similar interests to you and a few with whom you might disagree.
  • You are civil and add to the conversation.
  • You get outside for a breath of fresh air once in awhile!
Safety badge

Safety badge: Defensive Surfing

  • If it’s sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • You are aware of what you are sharing (personal data, location information, opinion, fact, etc.) and with whom you are sharing it.
  • You protect your computer with anti-virus software and keep your applications up to date.
  • You talk to your kids about responsible internet surfing and media consumption.


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