Nursing

This is a guide for GRC's nursing students.

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
Currency
  • 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?

Reliability

  • 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?
Authority
  • 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?
Purpose
  • 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?)

Nursing Research Worksheet

Try It!

Using the C.R.A.P. evaluation criteria in the box on this page, what is your evaluation of the following web page?

  • Is it Current enough? How did you determine this?
  • Is it Reliable? What evidence did you find?
  • Is it Authoritative? Do you trust the authors?  Why?
  • What is its Purpose?  How did you decide this?

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.