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FOR 110: Natural Resources Issues: Evaluation

Fall 2011.

CRAAP

Use the CRAAP test to evaluate your source.

Currency
When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
Are the links functional?

Relevance
Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
Who is the intended audience?
Is the information at an appropriate level? (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs?)

Authority
Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? (ex.: .com .edu .gov .org .net) 

Accuracy
Where does the information come from?
Is the information supported by evidence?
Has the information been reviewed?
Can you verify the information in another source or from personal knowledge?

Are there spelling or grammar errors?

Purpose
Is the information to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?
Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?


Note: the CRAAP test was developed by California State University, Chico. 

Learn About the Differences Between Popular and Scholarly Articles

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Fact Checking Sites

If the articles you find do not cite sources or if you want to verify information, try some of these Fact Checking websites.