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Engineering 190W - Summer 2021 - Foresta Section: Home



There are several major new changes in the search & discovery area that launched in July 2021.  They include:

  • UC Library Search - the search & retrieval of items in the UCI Library collection in all formats including books, journals, films, databases, audio recordings, scores, articles, etc as well as items found across all ten UC Campus libraries  Filtering using the left side bar will increase your relevancy. 
  • UC eLinks will change to Get it st UC - a purple link that turns orange when you hover or click - will happen with different databases over time
  • Web VPN links will change from to
  • Registering for DUO (multi-factor or second layer of authentication) - you may need to register by following these directions

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For Chat, Text, eMail and to schedule with your subject librarian click on "Schedule Appointment" under Librarian's name in right sidebar or for other general assistance or a consultation with any Librarian, use:


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Evaluating Information

When using Online or Internet Resources, consider Search Engines vs. metasites - evaluate resource - be attentive to domain -may include .com, .edu, .org, .gov, .net

Evaluating Information – Applying the CRAAP Test

For Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose

Goal is to establish relevancy.  The evaluation criteria includes these issues:

Scope of coverage

Currency – be able to distinguish currency from timeliness

Relevance – meaningful to what audience; at what level; will you cite it as authoritative?

Authority – stem is author – establishes the source of the information – author/publisher/source/sponsor; organizational affiliations & credentials; contact information

Accuracy – reliability, correctness of content; supported by evidence; is it verifiable; is tone unbiased, objective, impartial & free of emotion; free of errors?

Purpose – are hypotheses and authors’ intentions clear?  Why is content important – to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?  Any political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?

Ease of use – Capturing, copying, citing; design & presentation

Sources for Media, Film Clips, Video

Introduction & Background

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Library is Open for eAccess

Liaison Librarian

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971