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ARTH 390 - The Arts in Italy - Iggy Beerbower: Web Resources

Use a search engine to browse museums and find information

  • Most museums have some or all of their collections online
  • Look for images or videos of your artist or work of art
  • Exhibition catalogs may be available
  • Wikipedia articles may provide background information
  • Contemporary artists may have personal/commercial websites, or may be represented by a gallery

Searching the Web

Google

Basic Search Tips

  • Quotation marks, minus sign, OR
  • Site:  ,  File:   , Link:
  • Using google to find other search tools

Advanced Search

Understanding the results list

  • Ads
  • Scanning the results list
  • Search Tools
    • Time limiters
    • Verbatim

 

What about wikipedia?

Do multiple Google searches with other useful words added to change the focus: 

  • artists
  • monuments
  • art techniques
  • history

How to find out about a website

 

Construct a search like this:

You can also add a word, such as about, or review

You'll have to scroll past all the associated sites for your target (such as its twitter feed, facebook, etc.) to get to other sites that are discussing the one you are interested in.

 

Evaluating Web Pages

The CRAAP Test

Currency: the timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?
  • Are the links functional?

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?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
  • Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?

Authority: the source of the information

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
    • .com (commercial)
    • .edu (educational)
    • .gov (U.S. government)
    • .org (nonprofit organization)

Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content, and

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
  • 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?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?

By scoring each category on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 = worst, 10=best possible) you can give each site a grade on a 50 point scale for how high-quality it is!

45 - 50 Excellent | 40 - 44 Good | 35 - 39 Average | 30 - 34 Borderline Acceptable | Below 30 - Unacceptable

Note: the CRAAP test was developed by librarians at CSU Chico.

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