When searching for resources on the Web think about CRAP!
C Currency & Credibility
R Relevancy & Reliability
A Authority & Audience
P Purpose & Point of View
Currency & Credibility Knowing when the Website was created can help you judge the quality of the information found there. Some information (such as historical facts) will not change, but other information (like stock quotes) changes daily. When was the site last updated? Are the links on the site active? What organization is responsible for publishing it?
Relevancy & Reliability Is the information provided appropriate for your research topic? Does the site provide good coverage of your topic? Is there a bibliography or a list of references? Do you feel comfortable citing this page in a college-level assignment? Knowing about the author of the information is useful. Is the author an expert in his/her field? Check the domain name, as it can offer identifying information about the site.
Authority & Audience Can the author of the side be identified? Who is responsible for the content of the material--a person or organization? Is contract information given for the author and/or the site? What are the author's qualifications--education, occupation, years of experience, and expertise? Is the author affiliated with an institution or organization?
Purpose & Point of View Can you find an About Us page? Does it state a purpose or mission? Is the site scholarly or popular? Are there ads on the site? What type of site is it?
.com = commercial
.gov = government
.edu = educational
.net = network
.mil = military
.org = non-profit organization