An essential part of the research process is looking critically at each source you find to ensure you are using information that is from a credible source, is accurate and relevant to your research topic. A good way to approach evaluating information is to use the CRAAP test:
Currency: The timeliness of the information
Relevancy: The importance of the information for your needs
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists
Evaluating information you find on websites can be more challenging than print sources. With no editorial or review process on the web, look critically at what you find to ensure it is credible, reliable and accurate. For tips, watch this short video from the University of California at Irvine:
Use the Lehman Library Citation Guide to find examples for citing a variety of sources.
For more MLA help:
What is plagiarism?
• Using someone else's words, opinions or ideas without giving credit to the source;
• Using facts, statistics, graphics, drawings, or any other type of information that is not considered common knowledge without giving credit to the source.
• Paraphrasing someone else's words without giving credit to the source.
• Giving credit to the source" means naming, or citing, the source from which the borrowed material comes.
Plagiarizing is a violation of academic integrity. It can lead to very serious consequences, ranging from failing an assignment to failing a class and/or other disciplinary measures. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your source in the format specified in your English 102 course. When in doubt, ask your instructor or a librarian.
For more insight, go to our Avoiding Plagiarism guide. This is an excellent resource with videos, online tutorials, even quizzes that will help you understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid.
Plagiarism: How Not to Do It from Bainbridge College