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Research Start Page: Evaluate Sources

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Avoiding Wikipedia

Should you avoid Wikipedia?
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CRAP Test

Are your sources credible and useful, or are they a bunch of . . .?! 

The CRAP Test is a list of questions that help you determine if the sources you found are accurate and reliable.  Keep in mind that the following list is not static or complete. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.

Currency

How recent is the information?                                                                                                               

       How recently has the website been updated?                                                           

        Is it current enough for your topic?

  

 Reliability

        What kind of information is included in the resource?

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

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

 

  Authority

        Who is the creator or author?

        What are the credentials?

        Who is the published or sponsor?

        Are they reputable?

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

        Are there advertisements on the website?

 

    Purpose/Point of View

        Is this fact or opinion?

        the creator/author trying to sell you something?

        Is it biased?


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