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Researching at NCCS: Tools and Tips: Evaluating Resources and Websites

Made in collaboration with the Class of 2019

Checklists to use

Evaluating Resources

Website Evaluation and Interactive Tutorial

Two Ohlone College students demonstrate how to evaluate websites after a simple Google search.

TRAP Process

Don't Get Caught in a T.R.A.P.!

When using information found on websites, it's important to do a quick evaluation to ensure what you're finding is good, trustworthy information.  We can use a four-step process to do this - the T.R.A.P. Process.  We'll look at four elements -TIMELINESS, RELIABILITY, AUTHOR, and PURPOSE - to ensure that our information is the best available.  View the boxes below for an explanation of each step of the T.R.A.P. Process. 

Credibility