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CCP 204/205: The Developing Professional in Early Childhood Education/Practicum for the Developing ECE Professional

Use this guide to complete the CCP 204 / 205 Resources File Assignment.

Web Resources Assignment

You need to include additional web resources that will be helpful to you in your work as an early childhood education professional in your Resources File. Requirements:

  • Areas of concern to ECE professionals
  • Identify the web resource by providing citation
  • Describe the web resource
  • These cannot be web sites listed in another portion of your resource collection

Find additional websites that relate to early childhood education professionals:

  • Health and safety 
  • Laws and regulations
  • Curriculum ideas 
  • General educational resources 

 

Google Advanded Search

Google advanced search screen build your searchGoogle Advanced Search

Narrow down search results for complex searches by using the Advanced Search page.

Limit by:

  • Specific terms
  • Language
  • Region
  • Site or domain
    • site:.gov  
    • site:.edu
  • Terms appearing (title, text, URL, links)
  • SafeSearch
  • File type
  • Usage rights

CRAAP Test

When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it... but is it good information?  You will have to determine that for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.    

Use the CRAAP Test questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not a source is reliable and credible enough to use in your academic research paper or speech.

CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.  Use the CRAAP Test below to evaluate the information you find. 

Currency

The timeliness of the information                                                                                                   

  • When was the information published or posted? 
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
  • Are the links functional? 

Another thing to consider - does the website's copyright date match the content's currency?  Or is it just a standard range?

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?

Authority

The source of the information. 

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net

Note - to help answer Authority and Purpose questions, check out a website's About page.

Accuracy

The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content. 

  • 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 unbiased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

Purpose

The reason the information exists.

  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?

Note - to help answer Authority and Purpose questions, check out a website's About page.