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Evaluating Sources: Start Here

Find out who is providing the content and why. Get information from different sources. Be skeptical.


    * Currency -
o Is it current enough for your topic?

    * Reliability -
o Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

    * Authority -
o Who is the creator or author? What are their credentials?

    * Purpose/Point of View -
o Is this fact or opinion? How is it biased?
o Is the creator/author/publisher trying to sell you something?


Other CRAP tests you can use

C-ontent biased or balanced - current/timely

R-eliable - relevant

A-uthoritative - accurate - appropriate

P-urpose/bias (advocate or inform) - point of view (biased or balanced)

How to Know If a Source Is Reliable by Shmoop

What do you want?

You are looking for information...
What do you want?

Opinion ---------> Facts & Data
Biased ----------> Objective
Outdated -------> Current
Anonymous ----> Expert
Off-topic -------> Relevant
Temporary ----> Re-searchable

Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Valerie Magno

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