When you search for information, you're going to find plenty... but is it accurate and reliable? You will have to determine this for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help determine if the information you find is good quality. Your information source may not meet every criterion on this list; different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need. So why guess? Is your source giving you truly credible and useful information, or just a lot 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 information.
|Purpose: The reason the information exists.
| *criteria specifically for evaluating Web site information
Evaluating information – Applying the CRAAP test, 10/24/2007. Reference & Instruction, Meriam Library ReSEARCH Station, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico, CA. 17 Mar 2008. <http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/evalsites.html>
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