What the C.R.A.P.? Thinking critically about what’s out there…
Applying the C.R.A.P. Test*When looking at possible resources considerthe following criteria: Currency Relevance Authority Purpose* Based on the original CRAP Test created by Librarian Molly Beestrum, Dominican University
CurrencyWhen was the information published orposted?Can you locate a date for when theresource was written, created, orupdated?Based on your topic, is the informationcurrent enough?Why might the date matter for yourtopic?
RelevanceDoes the information relate to yourtopic or answer your question?Is the information at the appropriatelevel (i.e., not too elementary oradvanced)?Who is the intended audience?Would you be comfortable using thissource for your research?
AuthorityCan you determine who the author/creator is?What are their credentials (education,affiliation, experience, etc.)?Who is the publisher or sponsor of thework/site?What qualifies the author to write aboutthis topic?
PurposeWhat is the intention of the information? Tosell? Entertain? Inform? Persuade?For web resources, how might the domain(.com, .gov, etc.) reflect the purpose?Is the information fact? Opinion? Propaganda?Are there ads on the website or in theresource? How do they relate to the topicbegin covered (i.e., an ad for ammunition nextto an article about firearm legislation)?
2012 Tutorial created by Amy Stewart-Mailhiot and Lee Ann Lannom (email@example.com)Based on the original CRAP Test created by Librarian Molly Beestrum, Dominican University