CRAAP Test by librarian Sarah Blakelee (2004), CSU Chico.
The process of evaluating a source includes examining the source itself and examining other sources.
Use the CRAAP Test to 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.
* indicates criteria is for web sources only
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
University of West Florida, John C. Pace Library (4:06)
There are three videos in the Starting Your Research tutorial series (Research Questions, Narrowing a Topic with Mind Mapping, and Types of Information) with a quiz that covers all three videos. The quiz can be emailed to the instructor or instruction librarian.
This video covers the purpose (what they are good for) and main features (how to identify) of encyclopedias, news articles, scholarly articles, and monograph books. This video explains that knowing the differences, especially in light of the lack of physical cues in digital resources, will help students be able to properly cite resources. This might be a good video to include on a LibGuide or have students watch it prior to a class session; the content could be made to connect with a BEAM lesson. The sound cuts off if you try to play the video after the initial title screen with U of WF’s branding (just play it from the beginning), and end the video at 4:02. Journalists is misspelled in the video.