Have you found the most authoritative, accurate, objective, up-to-date, scholarly information available about zombies? Be careful: the wrong information could be deadly!
"In April 1982, [Harvard-trained] ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombis -- people who had reappeared in Haitian society years after they had been officially declared dead and had been buried. The Serpent and the Rainbow combines anthropological investigation with a remarkable personal adventure to illuminate and finally explain a phenomenon that has long fascinated Americans."
See: Haitian Zombies and Puffer Fish Poison (reports on: Hines, Terence. "Zombies and Tetrodotoxin". Skeptical Inquirer May/June 2008: 60-62.)
Also see: Voodoo Science (Science 15 April 1988: Vol. 240 no. 4850 pp. 274-277 DOI: 10.1126/science.3353722)
Basically, these articles (and many more that have been written on the subject) find many faults with his methods and conclusions. (Which in the academic world is a callout for a throwdown.)
Besides, we all know the real reason for zombies is that a super-germ being developed by the government for warfare mutates and somehow infects people, turning them into mindless zombies. Duh.
The CRAP Test
The CRAP Test allows you to evaluate sources based on the following criteria: Currency, Reliability, Authority, & Purpose/Point of View.
• How recent is the information?
• How recently has the website been updated?
• Is it current enough for your topic?
• What kind of information is included in the resource?
• Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced?
• Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
• Who is the creator or author?
• What are the credentials?
• Who is the published or sponsor?
• Are the publisher, sponsor, or author reputable?
• What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
• What type of advertisements are on the website?
Purpose/Point of View:
• Is this fact or opinion?
• Is it biased?
• Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
(adapted from the LOEX 2008 wiki)
|Popular Magazines||Trade Journals||Scholarly/Refereed Journals|
|Title of publication:
May have popular words in the title
Examples: People, Newsweek, Time
Usually refers to a specific trade, industry, or business area
Examples: Food Engineering, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Financial Adviser
May include the words "journal," "bulletin," or "annals" in the journal name
Examples: International Journal of Business Intelligence & Management, Annals of Combinatorics, Bulletin of Applied Computing & Information Technology
|Publishing frequency:||More frequently: Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly (sometimes bi-monthly)||More frequently: Bi-monthly, monthly, or sometimes weekly||Less frequently: Quarterly, semi-annually, or monthly|
Check out this guide for examples of good vs. poor quality websites.