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Last Updated: Dec 3, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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Evaluation Tools



C - Currency

  • How old is the information?

    • Older information may be incorrect

  • Does the website/source look like it has been maintained

    • Does it have a current copyright date?

    • Are postings current?


R - Relevance

  • Does the information talk about what you need it to talk about?

  • Does the information have to do with your topic?


A - Authority

  • Who wrote or is in charge of the source?

    • Are they an expert? How do you know?

    • Does it seem like a random person?

  • Is the web address a .com, .gov, or .org?

  • Does the website look official?


A - Accuracy

  • Can you check the information in the source against other sources?

    • If the information is correct in more than one place, it might be right

  • Are there spelling or grammar mistakes?

    • If so, the information may not be correct

  • Does the source contain facts or opinions?

    • Opinions are not always accurate!


P - Purpose

  • Why was the source created?

    • Was it for research/information, or for something unrelated to your topic?

  • Is this a serious source, or one created as a hoax/joke?


Remember! Sometimes a reliable website has CRAAP elements, and sometimes an unreliable website looks reliable. Use your best judgement and ask questions when you’re not sure.


CRAAP Sheet 

Use this sheet to help you remember how to tell if a source is CRAAP!


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