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Jewelry: Websites

This guide will help you find books, articles and images as well as avoid plagiarism, cite your sources and more!

Evaluating Sources

The  CRAP Test

Currency 

  • How recent is the information?
  • Can you locate a date for when the resource was written/created/updated?
  • Based on your topic, is it current enough?
  • Why might the date matter for your topic?

 

Reliability 

  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion? 
  • Is is balanced or biased?
  • Is there a Bibliography? In other words, does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations? 

 

Authority 

  • Can you determine who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials (education, affiliation, expertise?)
  • Is the publisher or sponsor reputable?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website?

 

Purpose/Point of View 

  • What's the intent of the article? (to persuade you, to sell you something?)
  • For web resources, what is the domain? (.com .edu, .gov?) How might this influence the purpose or point of view?
  • For web resources, are there ads on the webpage? How do they related to the topic of the web resource? (for example an ad for ammunition next to an article on firearm legislation or against gun control)
  • Is the author presenting fact or opinion?

 

Adapted from Dominican University

Websites for Jewelry Research

There are many great websites featuring information and images to use for jewelry research. However, researchers seeking information via the Web want to make sure they glean dependable information from web sources. Use the CRAP test (see left), as you evaluate sites, especially personal and commercial websites.

Consider using the following types of websites for your jewelry research:

Jewelry artists

Galleries

Museums

Professional associations

University or college jewelry departments

Suggested Websites