Evaluating Sources

With the ease of creating a web resource, it’s easy to imagine how a misleading site could appear. To do evaluate web sites, we use the CRAP test.

The CRAP Test
Currency
  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?
Reliability
  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
Authority
  • Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials?
  • Who is the published or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website?
Purpose/Point of View
  • Is this fact or opinion?
  • Is it biased?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
CRAP Test Resources

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