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Oglala Lakota College Woksape Tipi Library
Physical Address: 3 Mile Creek Rd Kyle, SD 57752
Mailing Address: PO Box 310 Kyle, SD 57752
Always a good way to start looking for information
You can use book subject headings to find additional resources on the same topic
Thesaurus - browse for more subject terms
AND (limits search -fewer results)
OR (expands search)
NOT (keeps a word from appearing in results)
- Use and combine keywords and phrases
- Use Truncation (*) for root words
- use broader terms
- use boolean terms (AND,OR,NOT)
- Use tabs or search suggestions to find new terms
- Keep It Simple
- Gradually add search terms
- Use words that websites would use (ex: I need to write a resume - Resume Help OR Resume Tips)
- Use important words only (instead of a sentence - try keywords)
- Want the latest - can limit by search by time (under Tools on google)
Evaluating Sources: The CRAAP test
CRAAP = Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
- When was the information published or posted?
- Has the information been revised or updated?
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
- Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
- Who is the intended audience?
Authority: the source of the information
- Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
- What are the author's qualifications /credentials to write on the topic?
- Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
- .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government)
- .org (nonprofit organization), or
- .net (network)
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
- Is the information supported by evidence?
- Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
- Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?
Purpose: the reason the information exists
- What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
- Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda? objective and impartial?
- Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?