Purpose - report on original research or experimentation
Length - longer, in-depth analysis
Authors - expert or scholar in discipline, name and credentials provided
Language/Audience - jargon of discipline for scholarly readers
Format/Structure - serious look, structure (abstract, introduction, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion), always cite sources
Evaluation - reviewed and evaluated by subject experts and editors
Popular Magazine Articles
Purpose - to entertain, to sell products, to promote a particular viewpoint
Length - short, broad overview, litle depth
Authors - staff writer/journalist, name and credentials often not provided
Language/Audience - simple language, general readers
Format/Structure - slick, attractive appearance, not a specific format, does NOT cite sources, lots of graphics
Evaluation - not evaluated by subject experts or editors
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The Information Timeline
Evaluating Websites: Applying the CRAAP Test
(Borrowed from Library - California State University, Chico)
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: 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.