How to Evaluate Sources
Watch the following video to learn how to evaluate sources.
The CRAAP Test
When searching for resources (especially on the Internet), keep the following five points in mind.
- Currency: Is the information current and up-to-date?
- Relevance: Is the information related and relevant to your topic? Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
- Authority: What is the reputation or credentials of the creator?
- Accuracy: Can you verify the information you found? Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
- Purpose/Objectivity: Is the purpose of the resource to inform? How might the author's bias influence the information?