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Evaluate the Quality of All Your Sources - Use Only Credible Information
Evaluating sources using the C.R.A.P test
Use the C.R.A.P. Evaluation criteria below to evaluate the quality of your source.
If your source does not satisfy these criteria, you may want to find a different, more credible source
When was the source published or updated?
Is currency of info important for your topic? (Does info change rapidly or frequently?)
Is older, historical info important for your topic?
Where do the facts or info come from?
Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Primarily fact? Is it balanced?
Can you find citations or lists of references?
Can you verify any of the info in another source?
Does the source go through some type of review process before it is published?
Is the info from an authoritative source?
What is considered “authoritative” for your topic?
Can you determine the author’s or organization’s qualifications, credentials, expertise, affiliations, experience?
Does the author acknowledge any biases?
Why is this info being published? To inform, teach, sell, entertain, persuade, other? How did you determine this? Who is the intended audience?
Can you determine if the publisher/sponsor has political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?
For web sources, what is the domain? (.edu, .gov, .com, .org, .net, other?)
Try it! What is your evaluation of the website below?
Video: Research 101: Credibility is Contextual
Video: Research 101: Format Matters
"Research 101: Format matters" by Anna Eisen, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.
Learn about the process behind how different formats are created, how to connect format to purpose and identify source types appropriate to a need. Also, learn that information may be perceived differently based on the format in which it is packaged.