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CCC PSY 250

A handy collection of resources, links, and tips for students taking Psychology 250 (Social Psychology) at CCC.

Welcome

Welcome! You've found a research guide for Psychology 250 at CCC. These pages are full of (hopefully) amazingly helpful tips, links, search boxes, and other resources. Its aim is to support your work on this project and make it easier for you to get help when you need it. 

Evaluating Websites

How do you decide whether a website or other source is good enough for your paper? Give it the CRAAPP test.

Currency

  • Is the information timely or current? When was it last updated?
  • Does your topic require current information, or will an older source work just as well?

Relevance

  • Does this information relate to your topic?
  • Does it help answer your research question?
  • Did you look at a variety of sources before choosing this one?

Authority

  • Who is the author/publisher/sponsor?
  • What credentials or qualifications does the author have? Do they line up with the subject he or she is writing about? In other words, a medical doctor has the credentials to write about medicine, but an engineer might not be qualified to write about philosophy.
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the source? Examples: .com, .edu, .gov, .org, .net

Accuracy

  • Is it clear where the source's facts and information come from?
  • Are the author's assertions supported by evidence?
  • Does the language or tone seem unbiased, or does the author seem to have a hidden agenda?

Purpose

  • What is the primary purpose of the source? To inform, teach, sell, entertain, etc.?
  • Does the author make their intentions or purposes clear? 
  • Is the information mostly fact, or opinion?

Potential Bias

  • Is the point of view objective or impartial toward the subject?
  • Are there political, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases to consider?
  • Does the author or website stand to gain something from publishing this information?

Need more help evaluating sources? Check out Purdue OWL's pages on Evaluating Resources, talk to Luke, or ask an NAU librarian