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Evaluating sources

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The CRAAP test is an evaluation tool used when assessing the credibility, authorship, and possible uses of online resources.

Handout collboratively designed by Information Fluency Team, Red Deer College, Fall 2010. Adapted from various sources.

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Evaluating sources

  1. 1. THE CRAAP TEST EVALUATING SOURCES- PRINT& WEB Currency: The timeliness of the information  When was the information published or posted? C  Is the information current enough for your topic, or is it out-of-date?  Are the links functional?  When has the information been last reviewed / revised? Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs  Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or too R advanced for your needs)?  How comprehensive or in-depth is the discussion of the topic?  Has Canadian perspective or content been provided? Authority: The source of the information  Have the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations been identified?  Who is the owner / sponsor of the Website? What are their credentials?  Is there contact information provided, such as an email address or mailing A address?  What are the authors qualifications to write on the topic?  Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? examples: .com, .edu, .org, .net, .ca, .gc.ca, .gov.ab.ca Accuracy: The reliability and correctness of the informational content  Have the author’s sources been clearly cited so that you can easily find (and check) them? A  Is the information available in other resources (e.g. encyclopaedias, scholarly journals, etc.), so it can be double-checked?  Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?  Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors? Purpose: The reason the information exists  What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade? P  Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?  Is advertising content clearly labelled?  Does the point of view appear objective, unbiased and impartial? Adapted from: The University of the Fraser Valley (2009).Evaluating information: The CRAAP test. Retrieved from http://www.ufv.ca/library/tutorials/craaptest.htm1 | Updated 09/19/12 - JAK

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