When you search for information, you’re going to find lots of it . . . but is it

When you search for information, you’re going to find lots of it . . . but is it good information? You will have to determine that for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need. Evaluation Criteria Currency: The timeliness of the information. ? 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: The importance of the information for your needs. ? 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)? ? Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use? ? Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper? Authority: The source of the information. ? 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? ? Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address? ?Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content. ? Where does the information come from? ? Is the information supported by evidence? ? Has the information been reviewed or refereed? ? Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge? ? Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion? ? Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors. Purpose: The reason the information exists. ? What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade? ? Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear? ? Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? ? Does the point of view appear objective and impartial? ? Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases? 9/17/10 Evaluating Information – Applying the CRAAP Test Meriam Library ??California State University, Chico Key: ? indicates criteria is for Web ?