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NUR 225: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

Is it a good resource, or is it CRAAP?


  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Is the information current or out-of-date for your topic?


  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is the one you will use?


  • Who is the author/publisher/source?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
  • What does the URL extension reveal about the author or source? (.com, .edu, .gov, .org, .net, .mli, .jobs, .biz)


  • Does the author cite their sources?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?


  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intention or purpose clear?
  • Is the information Fact? Opinion? Propaganda?

Adapted from a handout developed by librarians at Meriam Library, California State University, Chico, 2004

Questions to ask

Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to use a website. These questions will help you pick better sources for your topic.Evaluating a website

Adapted from Oviatt Library, CSU Northridge

Domain names of Web Sites

So what do all those domain names mean?

  • .com--Originally used for commercial entities, it is now the most common domain name. Anyone can register for a .com domain name.
  • .org--Intended for non-profit organizations; however, any person or entity can register for one.
  • .net--Any person or entity can register for this domain.
  • .edu--Limited to specific educational institutions. It is used almost exclusively by American colleges and universities. Note: some institutions that do not meet the current registration criteria have been grandfathered in.
  • .gov--This domain is limited to government agencies in the US