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 Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test

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PostSubject: Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test   Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:03 am

Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test

Meriam Library California State University, Chico

When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it . . . but is it good information? You will have to determine that for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.

Key: * indicates criteria is for Web

Evaluation Criteria

Currency: The timeliness of the information.


  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
  • * Are the links functional?


Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.


  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
  • Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?


A
uthority: The source of the information.


  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
  • * Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
    examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net


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ccuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?


P
urpose: The reason the information exists.


  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?



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http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf
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PostSubject: Re: Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test   Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:16 am

LOL!  Gurus fail four of the five elements of this test on a daily basis!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test   Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:34 am

I would say five out of five.

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