A non-traditional resource is anything outside of resources you might typically use in a research setting. This could include anything from blogs to interviews to speeches to statistics. Below you will find information on using and evaluating these resources.
The CRAAP method is a handy guide to help you decide if you've found a worthy source or if it's... garbage. :)
When evaluating non-traditional resources such as blogs or articles on popular websites, you will want to ask yourself the same questions used in the CRAAP method. However, there are a few additional things to keep in mind:
Don’t be fooled by a professional-looking site! A slick webpage design does not necessarily mean that the content is of good quality.
You will be looking for contextual scholarly information for your final project, and non-traditional resources can help you find it! While evaluating a non-traditional resource, take note of:
You can use anything you notice to search JumpStart or the library databases for scholarly information related to your topic. This can help you provide important context for your final project. Remember to think of synonyms to search with as well!