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What the C.R.A.P.?

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What the C.R.A.P.?

     Thinking critically about
        what’s out there…

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Applying the C.R.A.P. Test*
When looking at possible resources consider
the following criteria:
                 Currency
...

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Currency
When was the information published or
posted?
Can you locate a date for when the
resource was written, created, o...

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What the C.R.A.P.?

  1. 1. What the C.R.A.P.? Thinking critically about what’s out there…
  2. 2. Applying the C.R.A.P. Test* When looking at possible resources consider the following criteria: Currency Relevance Authority Purpose * Based on the original CRAP Test created by Librarian Molly Beestrum, Dominican University
  3. 3. Currency When was the information published or posted? Can you locate a date for when the resource was written, created, or updated? Based on your topic, is the information current enough? Why might the date matter for your topic?
  4. 4. Relevance Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question? Is the information at the appropriate level (i.e., not too elementary or advanced)? Who is the intended audience? Would you be comfortable using this source for your research?
  5. 5. Authority Can you determine who the author/ creator is? What are their credentials (education, affiliation, experience, etc.)? Who is the publisher or sponsor of the work/site? What qualifies the author to write about this topic?
  6. 6. Purpose What is the intention of the information? To sell? 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 the resource? How do they relate to the topic begin covered (i.e., an ad for ammunition next to an article about firearm legislation)?
  7. 7. 2012 Tutorial created by Amy Stewart-Mailhiot and Lee Ann Lannom (lee.ann.lannom@vanderbilt.edu) Based on the original CRAP Test created by Librarian Molly Beestrum, Dominican University

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