Criteria for evaluating sources

There are many criteria that should be considered when evaluating information resources. California State University at Chico uses a catchy acronym that can help you remember some of these criteria. They call it the CRAAP Test.

http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf

The CRAAP test is "a list of questions to determine if the information you have is reliable." The following screens will go through each of these criteria:

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose

These criteria apply to all resources, especially to Web sites.

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