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Data.gov - US government open data
Pew Research Center - Nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. (use the search bar at the top or look under "topics")
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CRAP Checklist for Evaluating Sources
You can use this list as a guide for evaluating your sources, whether they are websites or from SVC resources.
You don't need to be able to answer all the questions but use the list as a general evaluating tool.
How recent is the information, does it matter to your topic?
Has the resource been consistently updated/revised?
Are links current and working?
Is the information really relevant to your topic?
Does the creator provide references or sources for data or ideas?
Are there errors?
Who is the creator, author or sponsor?
What credentials does the author or organization have?
Does their experience or education indicate that they could be considered "experts"?
Is information about the creator easily found?
Is information provided about funding sources or data gathering for the work?
P URPOSE / P OINT OF VIEW
What is the the purpose of the site? Is it obvious what it's for?
Are they trying to sell you something or promote an idea?
Who is the intended audience?
Is there a strong bias, an aggressive use of language, or a balanced tone?
Are there lots of pop-ups and irrelevant ads?