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Using Research
Evaluating and Using Your Sources
Evaluation of resources is extremely important. With most books and periodicals, a publisher has reviewed the content prior to publishing the information. On the web, however, anyone can be an author, editor, or publisher (even you!). Therefore, for anything you find on the web, it is your responsibility to evaluate the information before you use what you found in your assignment. A good way to evaluate web resources is by applying them to the CRAAP Test, shown below.
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Currency
The timeliness of the information.
Relevance/Coverage
The depth and importance of the information.
Authority
The source of the information.
Accuracy
The reliability of the information.
Purpose/Objectivity
The possible bias present in the information.

 

 

This modified version of the CRAAP Test was created by Gettysburg College. The original Test was developed by the Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.