As you begin collecting sources, remember to evaluate them! Use the criteria below to help you make sure you have found the right resources, and remember to follow your assignment prompt!
- When was the information published or posted?
- Is the information current or has it been updated?
- Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work?
- Are the links working? Does the page load completely?
- Is the source relevant to your topic? Does it answer your question?
- Is the information at an appropriate level?
- Are you comfortable citing the source?
- Who is the author/publisher/source?
- What are the author's qualifications on the subject he/she is writing about?
- Is there contact information for the author, or an "About Us" page if a website?
- If a website, is it affiliated with a credible organization? What does the URL reveal about the source?
(.com, .edu, .gov, .org, .net)
- Can I verify any of the information from another source or my own knowledge?
- Is the information supported by evidence? Are there references?
- Does the language look unbiased or without emotion?
- Are there any spelling or grammatical errors?
- Is the author's intent clearly stated?
- Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
- Is the point of view objective, or is there a bias?
(Modified from "Applying the CRAAP Test" from Meriam Library at California State University, Chico)