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Evaluating Sources - Use the C.R.A.P. Test!

by Amy E. Gratz last modified Feb 07, 2013 11:09 AM

Depending on your field of study and current topic, you may use a variety of resources in your research. You will need to evaluate all of them to determine whether or not they are reliable and relevant to your current project. Whether you have a book, article, website, or other source, you can use the C.R.A.P. Test* to decide whether or not it's worth including in your resource list. (download a printable version here)

In addition, if you have an online source, you may want to consider the following: What is the domain (i.e. .com, .net, .org, .gov, .edu)? Who is the site publisher or sponsor, and is this information easy to find? Has it been updated recently? Are there any advertisements or other distractions? Could the page or site be ironic, like a satire or a spoof?

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*Thanks to the Champlain College Library for suggesting this guide.

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