When researching a topic, you may find a lot of results, but is it all good information? The critical evaluation of sources is an important piece of the research process. When selecting sources, you should take into account the Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. This is known as the CRAAP test.
The tabs in this section have a series of questions to help you evaluate the information you find.
Excellent INTERACTIVE tutorial created by UVM on evaluating web sources. Link to Tutorial
In this tutorial, you will learn about a standard evaluation criteria that will help you quickly and accurately evaluate information.
After completing this tutorial, you will have practiced using a standard evaluative criteria commonly employed by academic researchers.
What you will learn
After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
What does it mean for a source to be credible? Why is it important to use these sources? How can you tell if a source is credible?
Watch this brief video created by NCSU Library on Evaluating Sources for Credibility.
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