Information is all around us. But finding good information can be a little trickier. One evaluation tool we can utilize when we come across information is the CRAAP method. CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Use the questions posed below on your sources to see if they stack up!
Consider the importance of currency for the following sources:
How relevant would the following sources be for your paper?
Remember: website domains can help you understand the source of the information you're looking at. For example, in order to have a .edu or .gov in your domain you have to be a college/university or governmental entity respectively. Other website domains like .com, .org, and .net can all be purchased. Don't assume that a .org is more trustworthy than a .com!!!
Are the following authoritative sources?
Consider what these points might mean for a resource's accuracy:
Remember: information can have political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal bias. Is it fact, opinion, or propaganda?
What do you think the purpose of the following could be?