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Accounting Library Guide: Internet Resources

How to find information - a guide for Accounting and Auditing students

Searching the Internet

A set of free Internet tutorials to help you develop Internet research skills for your university course

All tutorials are written and reviewed by a national team of lecturers and librarians from universities across the UK

 

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Searching the Internet

When using the internet resources, you need to be cautious, as most websites do not undergo peer review. It is therefore important to evaluate the website that you get your information from.  

Use the CRAAP Test

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When using the internet you should be cautious as most websites don't undergo peer review. You need to evaluate the website: is it reliable? is it up to date? is it credible?

Below is a chart listing key questions for each of the six criteria.
Authority
Is it clear who is responsible for the contents of the page?  

Is there a way of verifying the legitimacy of the organization, group, company or individual? 

Is there any indication of the author's qualifications for writing on a particular topic?

Is the information from sources known to be reliable? 
Accuracy
Are the sources for factual information clearly listed so they can be verified in another source?

Is the information free of grammatical, spelling, and other typographical errors?
Objectivity
Does the content appear to contain any evidence of bias?

Is there a link to a page describing the goals or purpose of the sponsoring organization or company?

If there is any advertising on the page, is it clearly differentiated from the informational content? 
Currency
Are there dates on the page to indicate when the page was written, when the page was first placed on the Web, or when the page was last revised?
Coverage
Are these topics successfully addressed, with clearly presented arguments and adequate support to substantiate them?

Does the work update other sources, substantiate other materials you have read, or add new information?

Is the target audience identified and appropriate for your needs? 
Appearance
Does the site look well organized?

Do the links work?

Does the site appear well maintained?

The following links will help you find out more about evaluating websites:

UC Berkeley Library. Evaluating web pages: techniques to apply & questions to ask
Cornell University Library. Evaluating web sites: criteria and tools