CRAAP Test

Published on May 08, 2017

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PRESENTATION OUTLINE

CRAAP Test

Is my information crap?
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Use the CRAAP Test to help you evaluate sources.

It's not a checklist, or a scoring sheet. It's a way to help you critically think about your information and decide whether or not it is appropriate for your needs.

CONTEXT MATTERS
What might be appropriate for today's assignment or task, might not be for a different situation.

CRAAP Test

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose
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Consider the thought questions for each category when evaluating your source.

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Currency

  • When was the source written/published?
  • Why might the publication date be important? Is it too old? Was it published at a time of importance?
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Relevance

  • Does it give me the information I need right now?
  • Is it created for the right audience? (Am I looking for a blog post, but this is a research report?)
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Authority

  • Who wrote it, and what makes them qualified to provide this information?
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Accuracy

  • Are the facts correct? Can you verify them with other sources?
  • Is the evidence backed up by data?
  • Does the author provide sources?
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Purpose

  • Why was this created?
  • What underlying motive or bias might the author or organization bring to this information?
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THINK:

Is this source appropriate?
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After asking yourself these questions, consider the information and make a judgement as to the appropriateness of the source.