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Evaluating Sources

search_icon.pngWhether you're researching a topic for an assignment or for your own use, you want information that is both useful
and credible.

How do you determine these things? Use the CRAP Test to evaluate your sources.

The CRAP Test asks you to consider the following criteria:
     Currency - the timeliness of the information
     Reliability - the accuracy and correctness of the information
     Authority - the source of the information
     Purpose - the reason the information exists

This guide will provide you with tips for evaluating types of sources and help you ask the questions necessary to determine if your information sources are both useful and credible.

Remember: the CRAP test isn't a checklist, but a guide to help you consider whether a source is appropriate for your specific need.

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