ENGL 097 English Express (Moore)

For students in Julie Moore's English 97

Video: Using the C.R.A.P. Test to Evaluate Websites

Source: "Using the C.R.A.P. Test to Evaluate Websites" by Portland State University Library, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

This video explains the C.R.A.P. test and then uses it to evaluate three websites on the topic of performance enhancing drugs in sports.

Evaluate your Information Sources with the CRAP test

Do Your Sources Pass the CRAAP Test?

Evaluate ALL your sources of information to determine if they meet your needs, especially for college-level research! The C.R.A.A.P test of evaluation is one tool to use. 

Consider: Do your sources pass the CRAAP test? If not, find a better source!

Currency: 
  • Is the information current enough for your needs? 
Relevance:
  • Is the main focus of this source on your topic? Why is it relevant to your research?
  • How many usable quotes or useful pieces of information does it provide? 
  • Can you explain the information in this source to someone else? 
Authority:
  • Is the author or creator of this information qualified on the subject?
  • Are they an academic with research knowledge on the topic?
  • Do they have professional knowledge and experience?
  • Do they have firsthand knowledge?
  • Are they a journalist from a reputable news source?
Accuracy: 
  • Does the author cite (quotes or attribution or in-text citations) their sources? Are those sources credible?
  • Is the information the same an in other sources? In other words, can you verify claims? 
Purpose:
  • What is the purpose of the information provided? What is the purpose of the source?
  • Is it to inform the reader? To persuade the reader to think, feel, or act a certain way? To sell or entertain? 
  • Is this information written at a professional or college level?
Download a copy of the C.R.A.A.P. Test below

Evaluate Sources AND your own Biases!

Source: " 5 Ways to Beat Confirmation Bias " by Causes , is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Confirmation Bias

Don't stop at evaluating your sources! Evaluate where your own unconscious and conscious biases lead you to favor one source over another.