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ELS Guide: Evaluating Sources

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Evaluate a resource

The C.R.A.P test is a way to evaluate a source based on the following criteria: Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose/Point of View.  Below are some questions to help you think about how to measure each of the criteria. 

 

 

    * Currency -

          o How recent is the information?

          o How recently has the website been updated?

          o Is it current enough for your topic?

    * Reliability -

          o What kind of information is included in the resource?

          o Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced?

          o Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

    * Authority -

          o Who is the creator or author?

          o What are the credentials?

          o Who is the published or sponsor?

          o Are they reputable?

          o What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

          o Are there advertisements on the website?

    * Purpose/Point of View -

          o Is this fact or opinion?

          o Is it biased?

          o Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?