It's important to carefully evaluate all information sources -- whether they are books, magazines, videos, or websites. Being able to evaluate resources is a life-long skill that will be useful long after you graduate.
One tool for evaluating online sources is the CRAAP test, although you may develop your own method of evaluation.
Use this list of questions to help you determine if an information source is credible. Each criterion may be more or less important depending on your needs. So, is your information good or is it a bunch of …
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
Purpose: the reason the information exists
Adapted from “Evaluating Information – Applying the CRAAP Test,” created by the Meriam Library, California State University, Chico, 2010.
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