Is your source CRAAP tested?
Critically analyzing sources is an important component of the research process. Use these questions to evaluate a source:
- CURRENCY: to determine if the date of publication of the information is suitable for your project.
- What is the copyright, publication, or posting date?
- Why is or isn’t the date important for the message or content of the source?
- RELEVANCE: To determine how applicable the information is for the purpose of your project.
- For what audience or level is the information written (general public, experts/scholars, etc)?
- Explain why you would or would not quote/reference the information from this source in your project.
- AUTHORITY: To determine if the source author, creator, or publisher of the information is an expert on the the subject.
- Who is the author. creator, or publisher of the source or which organization is responsible for the source?
- How do you know if the author is an expert on the topic (e.g. examine the author’s credentials and/or organization affiliation)?
- ACCURACY: To determine the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content.
- What indications do you see that the information is or is not well-researched or provides sufficient evidence? What kind of language.
- PURPOSE: To determine the reason why the information exists.
- Why was the source written? (e.g. inform, teach, ,entertain, persuade)?
- How might the author’s affiliation affect the point-of-view, slant, or potential bias of the source?
Information Use and Fluency Department, Milner Library, Illinois State University
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