When you are conducting research, you have a multitude of places to find information on your topic. But, how do you know you are looking at something that is quality or not?
A simple way to evaluate information is called the CRAAP test. Developed by the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico, this test looks at 5 methods for determining if information is valid or not.
- When was the information created or published?
- Is this information outdated by current medical or scientific standards?
- Articles written with the last 3-5 years are best to ensure you are not looking at outdated information.
- Has a book or website been updated recently?
- Does the website have dead links?
- Does the information relate directly to your topic?
- Is the information scholarly?
- Have you looked at other sources to be sure it is the best source for your research?
- Who is the source of this information?
- What are their credentials or training in this field?
- Are they qualified to write about this topic?
- Is this an .edu or .com website?
- Where does the information come from?
- Are there links or citations to support the information presented?
- Has the information been proven by someone other than the author?
- Has an outside party reviewed the information and found it correct?
- Who is creating this information?
- Why was this information published?
- Is it to sell you something or to sell your information?
- Is it to mislead you?
- Is the information impartial and free of biased language?
- Are they trying to distort the truth?