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Spring '24 - EDUC 1300 - Ross-Chong - by Kara Dixon: Evaluating Sources

The CRAAP Test

What is CRAAP?

CRAAP is an acronym for a set of criteria to help you find the best sources for your school work.  Use it like a checklist for evaluating sources for academic purposes like papers, reports, and speeches.  The rubric below can help you choose sources for your paper or other school work. 
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Evaluating Information

For more about evaluating your sources and the CRAAP criteria, see the Evaluating Information tutorial.

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Is it CRAAP?

CRAAP refers to the five things we are looking for in a source: Currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose


Currency, Relevance, and Authority

Currency: When was the information published? When was the website updated? Some exceptions...  Relevance: Does this relate to my topic? Who is the intended audience? Does it add value to my assignment?  Authority: Who is the author? Do they provide their credentials? Why can I trust this person to educate me?

Accuracy & Purpose

Accuracy: Be a fact-checker!  Does this information seem correct? Are claims and statements backed up by evidence or citations?  Purpose: What is the author's purpose for writing this? To inform? To sell? To entertain? To persuade? Are possible biases clearly stated?

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