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COMM 101 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication - Dawn Carusi: Recognizing quality articles

How to find quality articles using library research databases

Which item passes the test?

C.R.A.A.P Criteria (Not inclusive)

New Laws in VA to Ban Hiding "painted rocks" in Public Spaces

Texting while driving, executive function, and impulsivity in college students

Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor? (Authority) ?????

Authors: Hayashi, Yusuke, et al.
Source: Accident Analysis & Prevention, vol. 102, May 2017

Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given? (Authority)

No Yes
What are the author's credentials or affiliations? (Authority) ????? Pennsylvania State University
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? (Authority) URL ends with .net  URL begins with search.ebscohost.com.  EBSCO is a large US private company with annual sales of nearly $2 billion. It offers library databases and other resources for use by academic, medical, school, public, and other types of libraries.
Where does the information come from? (Accuracy) Virginia Public Health Organization does not exist Results of a study 
Is the information supported by evidence? (Accuracy) No Yes.  Includes detailed study data, which was collected using valid survey instruments (Executive Functioning Index, Barratt Implusiveness Scale, etc.)
Can you verify any of the information in another source? (Accuracy) No Yes.  The article is heavily cited.  
What is the purpose of the information? (Purpose) To entertain To inform
Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda? (Purpose) Completely made up Facts derived from original research and other articles/studies